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Suspects told police Carroll Street shooting was 'retaliation'

Derrell Ewing

Mario Gray

Jermaine Newsome

Jalon Newsome

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- One of the men charged in the Carroll Street shooting on June 7 told police the shooting was in retaliation for a shooting that happened in late 2017, according to the probable cause affidavit.

The investigation revealed Mario Gray borrowed a friend's white Jeep and picked up several of his friends, including Jalon Newsome, Jermaine Newsome and Derrell Ewing on June 7.

They drove around, pawned a TV, then went to a gas station on Miami Street.

At that gas station, they saw DeAngelo Alexander and Chosen Alexander, who the Newsomes believed shot Jalon in late 2017, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Jalon, Jermaine and another friend knew where the Alexanders were staying and decided to get revenge for the shooting of Jalon, reports said.

Gray drove the men to the 2100 block of Carroll Street. There, Jermaine, Jalon and another friend got out of the Jeep armed with guns, reports said.

After they got back into the Jeep, Jermaine told his friends he believed he shot one of the Alexander brothers who was standing outside the home. Jalon said his gun malfunctioned, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Reports say Tiajae Pigee, a cousin of the Alexanders, was shot in the buttocks in front of the house.

Gray then drove the men to a gas station on Elwood where they found out a friend had been shot earlier that night. They went to the Newsome's home where they got an SKS rifle, reports said.

The men planned to shoot up other houses to get revenge for the shooting of Kumar Bishop, according to the probable cause affidavit.

An officer spotted the Jeep and conducted a traffic stop because it matched the description of the vehicle involved in the Carroll Street shooting, reports said.

Jermaine and Jalon ran from police but were apprehended.

Officers served a search warrant on the Jeep and located an SKS semiautomatic rifle, a 9 mm handgun and a .25-caliber handgun.

Four people have been officially charged.

Jermaine Newsome, 18, was ordered held without bond until his bond hearing Monday afternoon.

  • Attempted murder
  • Battery with a deadly weapon
  • Carrying a handgun without a license
  • Resisting law enforcement

Jalon Newsome, 16, was ordered held without bond until his bond hearing Monday afternoon.

  • Attempted murder
  • Battery with a deadly weapon
  • Carrying a handgun without a license
  • Resisting law enforcement

Mario Gray, Jr., 21, was ordered held without bond until his bond hearing Monday afternoon.

  • Attempted murder
  • Battery with a deadly weapon
  • Assisting a criminal
  • Carrying a handgun without a license
  • Operator never licensed

Derrell Ewing, 18, was released on June 8 with a promise to appear. His initial hearing is scheduled for June 27.

  • Carrying a handgun without a license
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