Officials ID 13-year-old killed during attempted home invasion in Mishawaka

 Tyshawn Taylor (Photo posted on Facebook)
Tyshawn Taylor (Photo posted on Facebook) (WNDU)
Published: Dec. 26, 2017 at 11:45 PM EST
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A 13-year-old boy was shot and killed during an attempted home invasion at Hickory Village Apartments in Mishawaka.

Late Wednesday afternoon, the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office.identified the teen as 13-year-old Tyshawn Taylor.

The shooting happened around 10 p.m. Tuesday at the complex in the 4300 block of North Hickory.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is leading the investigation. They interviewed numerous people and conducted a search warrant on the apartment where the incident occurred.

Their investigation revealed that Taylor died during an attempted home invasion of that apartment.

On Thursday, the South Bend Community School Corporation confirmed that Taylor was an 8th grade student at Edison Intermediate Center.

NewsCenter 16 spoke with a Hickory Village resident named Kayla, who did not want to use her last name. Kayla says she was home at the time of the attempted home invasion but did not hear it. Instead, at around 9:30 p.m., she heard a mysterious door knock.

"It was an older gentleman and a female -- and I didn’t recognize them, so I definitely did not open the door," she explained.

Already spooked, Kayla then read about the fatal shooting near her apartment.

"It makes me wonder if those people that were at my door had anything to do with what happened," questioned Kayla. "It was just very weird."

Regardless, she plans to be more aware of her surroundings.

"When it's kind of a little too close to home, it’s a little scary," added Kayla.

Authorities initially believed the victim may have had a role in the home invasion. The St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office cannot confirm at this time and will release more information as homicide detectives are able to do so.

This remains an active and ongoing investigation, and no arrests have been made.

Anyone with any information related to this investigation is asked to call CMHU at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.