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UPDATE: 2 wanted for questioning located by police in deadly South Bend shooting

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 6:14 AM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Ernest Clark Jr. and Ernysia Clark have been located by law enforcement. Both were wanted for questioning in relation to a shooting that happened early Monday morning on South Bend’s West Side.

Officials have confirmed that Ernest Clark Jr., 20, and Ernysia Clark, 19, are siblings. They were wanted by County Metro Homicide late into Monday evening.

According to investigators, police found 18-year-old Elijah Torres shot multiple times after a shot-spotter activation in the 1500 block of Liston Street in South Bend just before 4:30 Monday morning. Police say that is when Torres was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Peter Smith, who runs a soup kitchen at St. Augustine Catholic Church located directly behind where the shooting took place, says he is disheartened by the news of a young man losing his life to gun violence.

“That’s terrible. We are here to help people, the poor folks, and the folks that need help and to have somebody be shot right at the door step practically is really, really sad,” Smith says.

Smith also says he hopes those who are involved put the guns down and come forward before anyone else gets hurt.

“I just think there’s so many guns in the world, especially in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them. Some of these things are bound to happen. I’m just really upset about it,” Smith says.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact County Metro Homicide at 574-235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

From the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office:

South Bend Police Department (SBPD) officers responded this morning to a ShotSpotter alert received at approximately 4:22 a.m. Officers arrived to find a male victim with multiple gunshot wounds in the 1500 block of Liston Street. The victim was transported to the hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced deceased. He has been identified as Elijah Torres, 18 years old, of South Bend.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) was activated, per protocol. CMHU continues to actively investigate, and is seeking the public’s help in locating two individuals that CMHU would like to speak to in connection with this investigation.

These individuals are: Ernest Clark, Jr., 20 years old, and Ernysia Clark, 19 years old (please see attached photographs).

An autopsy date and time for Mr. Torres have not yet been confirmed.

CMHU continues to seek witnesses and anyone with information regarding this investigation. If you have information regarding the whereabouts of these two individuals or the investigation, please contact CMHU at 574-235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

Please be advised that Ernest and Ernysia Clark are wanted for questioning only.

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