2 dead, 1 hurt after weekend murder-suicide in South Bend

Published: Nov. 26, 2022 at 5:14 AM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Two people are dead and another person is hurt after a shooting over the weekend in South Bend that police have now ruled as a murder-suicide.

Just before 1 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 26, police were called to the 2800 block of W. Calvert Street on a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found three people who were suffering from gunshot wounds.

Through interviews with witnesses and processing of evidence, detectives determined that Robert Lechtanski, 62, shot his wife, Debbie Lechtanski, 60, and family friend Giselle Montero, 25, before suffering a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Debbie and Robert were pronounced dead at the scene. Montero, was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.

There were two other individuals in the home at the time, but they were not injured.

The autopsies for Debbie and Robert were conducted earlier this week and support the investigative findings.

Meanwhile, a prayer vigil and grief counseling will be held for Debbie next week. It’s happening on Thursday, Nov. 8, at 5:30 p.m. at the corner of W. Calvert Street and Prospect Street in South Bend.