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Shooting, police chase leads to arrest; family finds gun in backyard

A shooting left one man in the hospital and another behind bars. But not before leading police police on a wild chase through South Bend.

South Bend Police say around 5:30 a man was shot in the foot in the 1100 clock of Indiana Avenue.

An unnamed suspect was been arrested on charges for fleeing police. Detectives say they are currently working to gather enough evidence to charge the suspect with the shooting as well.

“It’s been a day. It’s been a heck of a day. But such is life on Indiana Avenue. I was walking out my back door and onto the back porch and I hear like seven or eight shots,” says neighbor Thomas Tykes.

Tykes watched as the armed suspect fled in a white vehicle. Police chased after him until he pulled over in the 100 block of Woodside Street.

"We were out front playing catch all the sudden we heard sirens it started getting closer the car came around the corner, kept speeding and he breaked hard at the ally,” says witness Dave McCray.

McCray and his two children, Devin and Aiden, were outside playing catch when they saw everything happen.

McCray says he rushed his kids inside to keep them safe.

Police say the suspect then fled on foot, turning onto the ally behind the McCray’s home.

"When I started walking back that’s when I discovered there was a gun in our yard. If I was inside and didn’t know what was going on my kids probably would have found the gun before I would have,” says McCray.

The victim remains in the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police credit the witnesses and neighbors who shared what they saw with the arrest of the suspect. If you have any information you’re encouraged to contact the SBPD.

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