UPDATE: Suspects charged in shooting that left 2 dead, 2 in critical condition

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) -- UPDATE: On Friday evening, two men were charged in the shooting deaths that took place August 2 in South Bend.

The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office charged Ronald Snyder with 2 counts of murder and 2 counts of dealing in methamphetamine, both level 2 felonies.

Robert Brady, was charged with 2 counts of dealing in methamphetamine, each a level 2 Felony, and 1 count of carrying a handgun without a license, a class A misdemeanor.

Both Snyder and Brady were arrested on the night of the shootings.

Charging documents say officers arrived on the scene on the 2100 block of Fredrickson late Wednesday night. That's where they saw a number of people standing on the corner. Those same people pointed officers to a home and said people were involved in a "gun battle."

Officers arrived as two men who were leaving the home, Ronald Snyder and Robert Brady, and later arrested them.

Inside the garage, police found two people lying on the ground with gunshot wounds. Joshua Sage was injured while Damon Bethel was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers then learned two more people had been shot, but they had left the scene in a white SUV.

The passenger, Alyssa Sanchez, was shot in the head. She was receiving treatment at a local hospital.

The driver, Anton James, died from a gunshot wound while he was driving the SUV before it crashed into a home several blocks away.

Officers later learned that cameras in the house had recorded the incident. After receiving a warrant, officers were able to recover the video.

According to court documents, Ronald Snyder admitted to dealing drugs from the home where the shootings happened.

Prosecutors say, however, Ronald Snyder denied firing the gun during the incident.

Both Snyder and Brady are in jail, and are scheduled to appear before a judge at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 7, for their arraignment.

ORIGINAL STORY
Police are investigating after four people were shot, two of them fatally, in South Bend late Wednesday night.

Shortly before 11:30 p.m., officers were called to the 800 block of Huey Street after a ShotSpotter alert; meantime, officers nearby also heard shots and called in to dispatch.

When police arrived, they saw a group of people gathered at the corner of Fredrickson and Huey streets. They also saw a vehicle had crashed at the corner of Johnson and Fredrickson streets.

The crime scene spanned several blocks.

"Because the scene extends multiple blocks, that's why we had to have more officers on scene to help control the scene and because of the number of individuals we have as witnesses, we have to make sure they're separated until they're spoken to by investigators," said Sgt. Martin Mullins of the South Bend Police Dept.

Thursday, police identified the victims as 25-year-old Anton James, Jr. and 29-year-old Damon Bethel.

“My husband and I were watching TV and I heard the ‘boom boom,’ and I thought it was fireworks,” said Lillian Thompson, neighbor.

Inside the car that had crashed, police found James, Jr. dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Bethel was found dead in the 2100 block of Fredrickson Street.

A close friend of Bethel said he was humble and full of life. He always had a smile when he saw him.

“And then I heard all these sirens going off and then I said, ‘something must be going on,’ and then they came to a sudden stop I said, ‘well that's got to be close by,’” said Thompson.

Thursday, the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit began picking up and putting together the pieces.

Meantime, Lillian Thompson says she can see the home where police say the incident started from her back porch.

“We noticed that there was a lot of different cars that would come and go and people would go in there and come out,” said Thompson.

Following the initial investigation, two people were arrested on drug related charges. Ronald Snyder, Jr., 40, was booked into the St. Joseph County jail on preliminary charges of felony possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver.

Robert Brady, Jr., 37, is preliminarily charged with felony possession of a firearm.

Neither of these men has been charged in direct connection with the shooting.

Police are still investigating the events that led up to the violence.

After 45 years in the neighborhood, Thompson says she's not used to crime so close to home.

“I can’t say but I think a lot of it has to do with drugs and I just wish there was some way they could get a handle on it,” said Thompson.

“I’ve always had a passion for the west side and trying to serve those neighbors,” said Jonathan McKinnies, ‘Bringing our Community Together’ event coordinator.

One neighborhood group has been planning a call for peace for the last several months.

“To really bring not just one church together or one leader together, but to bring multiple leaders that have a vested interest in the community,” said McKinnies.

‘Bringing our Community Together’ is still scheduled for Saturday, with urgency now more than ever.

“The unfortunate events that happened on Huey Street, we would have never know that was going to happen but it just shows how important it is for us to come together,” said McKinnies.

The gathering is open to the public. It will be held Saturday, August 5 from noon to 3 p.m. It will be held at Elwood and Elmer streets in South Bend, where several speakers will discuss the importance of unity. Click here for full details.

Wednesday night, two other people were shot and taken to the hospital where they remain in critical condition. They are 24-year-old Alyssa Sanchez and 34-year-old Joshua Sage.

Police used ShotSpotter technology that alerted them of the shooting so they could get on scene quickly. The technology was introduced in 2014 and recently tested last month. It uses acoustic sensors to detect gunshots and pinpoint where they were fired.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating. Anyone with any information should call Crime Stoppers at (574) 288-STOP.


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