Community demands answer after fatal mass shooting

NOW: Community demands answer after fatal mass shooting


SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Evidence markers have not faded nearly four days after a deadly shooting inside the parking lot of Kelly’s Pub on Mishawaka Avenue. 

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating a shooting that happened near Kelly's Pub on Mishawaka Avenue at approximately 2:00 a.m. According to St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Brandon Williams, 27, of Niles, Michigan was fatally shot. 

According to the South Bend Police Department possibly as many as 10 additional gunshot victims were identified. 

“Bottom line is this is unacceptable,” said Desmond Harris, with Moms Demand Action. 

On Wednesday, a spokesperson for CMHU told ABC 57 News that investigators have not arrested anyone for the mass shooting and murder. There isn’t a suspect description at this time, according to CMHU. 

In a statement to ABC 57, the spokesperson wrote, in part, the following: 

“While we understand that the media is eager for more information, there is not much more we can release at this time in the ongoing investigation.”

Harris called the shooting ‘senseless.’ 

“It’s tragic that Mr. Williams lost his life,” said Harris. 

The family of Williams has set up a ‘Fund the Funeral’ page to help cover the cost of the funeral. According to the page, the family is asking for $8,500. 

Click here if you would like to donate to the fund. 

CMHU claims that up to 100 people were outside the pub when shots were fired. Investigators are urging the community to contact CMHU or Crime Stoppers. 

“I’d like for whoever did it to be caught,” said Wayne Hubbard, founder of ‘Fix It Forward.’ “And so that way they can be taken to justice like the rest of everything else that’s happened.”

The shooting at Kelly’s Pub comes a week after a deadly officer-involved shooting in downtown South Bend. Community activist and anti-gun violence groups are planning events within the next few weeks to show people that they can help fix the city. 

On Saturday, June 29, S.A.V.E. will be hosting a peace walk during the 3rd Annual Bringing Our Community Together event. Moms Demand Action is set to host a conversation on gun violence at IUSB Civil Rights Heritage Center on July 11. 

On July 20, Wayne Hubbard is set to host a rally called ‘Don’t Be A Color! Be a Human!’ 

“Things need to change,” said Harris. “We all need to come together to figure out the solutions to this.”

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