New details released in Portage Road shooting

SOUTH BEND, Ind.—Police released new details on Wednesday regarding the shooting that happened on N. Portage Rd. on Monday afternoon.

On April 22, officers were dispatched to the Phillips 66 gas station in the 3300 block of N. Portage Rd. regarding a shooting.

When officers arrived, they observed multiple people leaving the scene. Officers were able to detain Sean Lott, 25, according to the probable cause affidavit.

While officers were investigating at the gas station, Deangelo Jackson, 27, drove himself to Memorial Hospital where he was treated for an apparent gunshot wound to the abdomen. At the hospital, Jackson told staff that he was shot at the gas station on Portage, court documents said.

Jackson’s clothing was removed at the hospital during treatment at which point staff located a large amount of cash and a plastic bag of what was positively field tested to show the presence of marijuana, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Medical personnel contacted officers who then spoke with Jackson. Jackson told police that he was shot by Lott because of a longtime dispute over money, court documents said.

Jackson told police that when he approached the gas station, he saw Lott with a handgun and once inside, Jackson was immediately shot, documents said.

According to police, the surveillance footage taken from the gas station during the time of the incident, around 3:40 p.m., disputes the statement made by Jackson.

The video shows Jackson arriving in a vehicle, quickly approaching the store, holding the glass door shut and gesturing to Lott, the probable cause affidavit said.

In the video police observed a male later identified as Jackson’s brother, arriving in another vehicle, running to the door of the gas station at which point Lott displays a handgun. Jackson and his brother then rush into the crowded store, tackle Lott and as the two men are on top of Lott, wrestling him, it appears as though the gun is discharged, court documents said.

Officers observed the three males continue fighting in the video before the gun slid several feet across the floor, out of their reach.

According to court documents, in the video, Jackson is observed getting out of the fight, running to the gun, attempting to “rack” the gun, and pointing the gun toward Lott while he is still on the ground. Jackson’s brother then seen in the video getting on top of Lott, striking him in the face and body while Jackson hits Lott in the head/ face area multiple times with the handgun.

The video shows Jackson running for the exit with the handgun as his brother went through Lott’s pockets while Lott was still lying on the floor before also leaving the store, court documents said.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Jackson has been threatening to engage in criminal conduct with Lott for about a year.

Jackson is being held at St. Joseph County Jail without bond and is due in court on April 25. He is charged with battery by means of a deadly weapon, possession of marijuana and pointing a firearm.

Lott is also being held at St. Joseph County Jail on a $500 bond and is due in court on April 25. He is charged with carrying a handgun without a license and resisting law enforcement.

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