Man shot just outside Four Winds Field

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A man was shot in the hand Monday evening while leaving Four Winds Field after the fireworks display. South Bend Police were called to the 500 block of W South Street at 11:20 p.m. for reports of a shooting.

“I didn’t even know anything happened to me, and I looked at my hand and I said ‘something hit my hand,'" says the victim of the stray bullet.

A night at the ballpark gone wrong, when a man was hit by a stray bullet walking out of Four Winds Field late Monday night. The stadium was filled with families and children for the Fourth of July, many walking out right behind him.

“My family was in front of me and then towards the end of the building, the lady behind me says ‘excuse me, do you need some help?’ I looked down and there was blood everywhere," recalls the victim. “It was a fun, family atmosphere. You don’t expect something like this to happen.”

His own children two feet away from his left hand that was hit.

“It came really close to a real tragedy, you know we’re all lucky it was just my hand," he says. “I’m just thankful it was me.”

The family says they're grateful for the response from South Bend Police, staff at Memorial Hospital, and stadium employees that assisted in gathering nearby children into the team store to safety. They are keeping a positive outlook on the situation, saying it could have been much worse.

“I got to go see a hand surgeon to see how it actually looks in there, from the X-ray it didn’t look like any broken bones," the victim says. “It was a wake up call for all of us.”

Officials at South Bend Cubs have not returned our requests for comment yet. The South Bend Police Department's Violent Crimes Unit is handling the investigation, they say there is no suspect information at this time.


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