Juvenile detained in shots fired incident after exiting school bus

Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 5:50 AM EDT
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - We’re learning new details about a shooting on Wednesday afternoon that led police to detain a high school student from South Bend.

It happened around 4:00 P.M. at a bus stop on the corner of Huey St. and Bulla St. shortly after students got off the bus.

Police will only go as far as to say that there’s no evidence to suggest the gun was ever on the bus, but witnesses say someone handed the student a gun after getting off the bus.

“There were some youth. There were about five or six youth that got off the bus and they were arguing. They were arguing back and forth,” said one resident who lives on Huey St. who saw the shooting.

That’s what she says she saw Wednesday afternoon as her granddaughter also returned home from school. Moments later she said things turned violent.

“He had called somebody, and someone brought him a gun up there. We watched him stick the gun down his pants waist, and then at that time we noticed some youth come through the back of the house, through the alley. Next thing you know he pulled the gun out of his pants waist and just started shooting wildly,” she said.

Residents say that police responded to the scene very quickly and eventually detained the suspect in a home on the corner of Huey St. and Bulla St. before taking them to the Juvenile Justice Center. Police say they also brought two other people in for questioning.

1st District Councilman Pastor Canneth Lee knows this area well and had this to say to his fellow neighbors for their actions during the shooting.

“Thankful we had residents who reacted quickly and that’s what we have to do. We have to stand up to this and say we will not tolerate gun violence in our neighborhood. And we want to get help for our kids so they know once you pull the trigger, you can’t take it back,” Pastor Lee said.

South Bend Community Schools says they’re working with the South Bend Police to investigate what happened, reaffirming what police told us, that there is nothing to suggest the weapon was on the bus as kids returned home from school.

No one was hurt in the shooting and no gunfire took place on the bus.

Original Story:

A juvenile is in custody after allegedly firing shots in a South Bend neighborhood.

The suspect is believed to be a South Bend high school student who got off the school bus shortly before firing shots.

Police responded to the area of Huey Street and Bulla Street Wednesday just after 4 p.m. Neighbors told officers a South Bend school bus had just dropped off students in the 1500 block of Huey Street shortly before shots were heard.

Witnesses told police they saw a group of juveniles in the area around that time, and that they possibly had a firearm with them. One suspect has been identified and is now detained at the Juvenile Justice Center.

No one was injured and no shots were fired inside or at the bus. Police say they are working with the South Bend Community School Corporation on the investigation.

If you have any information, you’re encouraged to contact Michiana Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.