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Man charged after allegedly shooting at vehicle carrying children

SOUTH BEND, Ind.—A man has been charged after allegedly shooting at a vehicle with children inside of it on February 4.

According to police reports, on February 4, officers with the South Bend Police Department responded to a call in the 3000 block of South High Street.

After arriving on scene, officers located Sharday Benson and her children in a white Chevy Equinox.

An officer observed a bullet hole through the windshield and a bullet defect to the car’s hood, reports said.

Benson told officers that she had just picked up one of her children from school when she went to Roosevelt Murray’s house in the 2000 block of Ash Lane to pick up her younger child and when Benson came out of the house, Murray was following her with a gun, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Reports said that 38-year-old Murray struck Benson with a closed fist multiple times while she was inside of the house.

Benson put her child in the car and went back inside for something she forgot and when she came back outside, turned the car around to drive away, Murray allegedly fired two shots at the car, court documents said.

Benson told police that she had four children in the car at the time of the incident.

When officers arrived at Murray’s house to investigate, they found a Chevy Impala parked in front of the house. Next to the car, an officer located a .380 Winchester casing, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Murray had also called police to report a domestic dispute and when an officer arrived to speak with him, Murray reported he threw an object at Benson’s vehicle and “may have broken the windshield,” reports said.

Two witnesses stated that they heard two gun shots outside of their house and saw a white vehicle speed away.

According to reports and court records, Murray has multiple prior convictions for dealing in cocaine or narcotic drugs.

Murray was arrested and is being held at the St. Joseph County Jail on charges including criminal recklessness, domestic battery, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon.

Murray is scheduled to be in court on February 11.

A no contact order was issued in this case.

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