Planned fist fight was thwarted by gunfire

Somebody apparently brought a gun to what was supposed to be a fist fight outside the Anchor Inn in South Bend early Sunday morning.

That’s the scenario spelled out in criminal charges filed today.

The incident resulted in the shooting death of one man, and the wounding of another.

According to court documents, the problems started inside the bar with an argument between a bar patron and the disc jockey who worked that night.

Witnesses told police that the argument was then taken outside so that there could be a fist fight between the two.

Just as the men were squared off with their hands up, shots were fired from a crowd of spectators.

Those shots were allegedly fired by 24 year old Ramon DeLeon who is the cousin of the disc jockey, Dimas DeLeon.

The gunfire struck and killed the bar patron, 32 year old Cesar Flores.

Ramon DeLeon has been charged with Voluntary Manslaughter and court documents indicate he fired because he believed that Flores and his friends were “gang members who were ruining the neighborhood.”

Next, a cousin of Flores went to a nearby vehicle, grabbed a shotgun, and fired indiscriminately into a group surrounding the disc jockey. Flores cousin is 30 year old James Garcia, Jr. of South Bend. Garcia is charged with Criminal Recklessness. The shot gun blast struck Dimas DeLeon in the rear of his leg.

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