Two men shot at the same South Bend intersection in two nights

Two shootings at the same South Bend intersection in two nights have police asking: random or connected?

Around 2 a.m. Sunday, Hector Serrano, 25, was riding in the back seat of a 1996 Honda Accord near the corner of McPherson St. and W. Indiana Ave. when he heard several gunshots and suddenly felt sharp shooting pain.

The driver of the Accord drove Serrano to Memorial Hospital where doctors performed emergency surgery for multiple gunshot wounds to the 25-year-old's right lower leg, upper right torso and back.

Only two nights before, South Bend Police crime technicians were canvassing the exact same intersection for a different shooting.

In that case, Enrique Vriostegui, 24, was walking to his home around 12:50 a.m. Friday when a dark-colored, boxy-looking vehicle drove by without its headlights on. Vriostegui told police he tried waving the car down to alert the driver, when someone in the vehicle shot him once in the rear end.

A friend drove Vriostegui to Memorial Hospital, where he too underwent emergency surgery.

Both men are expected to make a full recovery, but neither have been able to give investigators a usable suspect description.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the South Bend Police Dept. at: (574) 235-9201.


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