Neighbors shocked by fatal shooting at neighborhood bar

Neighbors say they're stunned one man was shot and killed and another injured at a family-owned bar in South Bend.

For as long as residents can remember, the Anchor Inn has anchored the corner of Western Avenue and Phillipa Street.

"We moved here in '64 and it was already here," said South Bend resident Frank Banicki. "So, it's been here a long time."

In all those years, these folks can't remember there being many problems at the neighborhood bar.

It's become more well-known for its food than for its fights.

"Everybody likes that place," Banicki said. "They have the good fish dinners on Friday. If you're hungry, that's the place to go."

But around 2:45 Sunday morning, police say 32-year-old Cesar Flores was killed and 40-year-old Dimas Deleon injured when a bar fight poured into the parking lot and ended in a shoot out.

"I was sorry to hear about it because they're normally a nice little bar down there," Banicki said. "They handle everything really nice."

While other neighbors and patrons didn't want to appear on camera, several tell NewsCenter 16 the bar is popular among old-timers and rarely has any problems.

One man who lives nearby did say he'd like to see the bar close or management change because of some of the people the Anchor Inn attracts late at night.

But Banicki says he'll keep getting carryout from the bar.

"If it was a bad place, I'd tell you that," he said.

Police did arrest two men Sunday in connection with the shooting.

Their names aren't being released pending formal charges, but police say one faces a preliminary charge of murder and the other a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness.

NewsCenter 16 did contact Flores' family, but they are not ready to speak about their families loss at this time.


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