Niles man charged in weekend shooting in South Bend

NOW: Niles man charged in weekend shooting in South Bend

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. - A Niles man is charged with murder in connection with the death of 24-year-old Eddie Tyler IV on Sunday, according to the St. Joseph County Prosecutor's Office.

The prosecutor's office charged 28-year-old Marcus Deion Lee Hatcher with murder and a firearm enhancement.

Early Sunday morning, South Bend Police officers responded to multiple ShotSpotter alerts near a parking lot in the 200 block of S. Main St.

Police recovered several spent casings near that parking lot.

They later received word that Tyler was in the hospital after being shot in the chest. He died from his injuries at the hospital.

Two people who were with Tyler when he was shot said he was hit while sitting in the backseat of a vehicle with them.

One of the men, identified as Vuon'Tre Tyler, said he got into an argument with another man in the parking lot just before the shooting.

Video footage that captured the incident confirmed an argument took place between Vuon'Tre and a man wearing all black, later identified as Hatcher, in the parking lot before the shooting.

At one point during the argument, Hatcher grabs a rifle out of a Nissan Maxima's trunk.

Eddie and Vuon'Tre are seen pulling out their own handguns.

Based on video footage, Eddie and Vuon'Tre pulled out guns as Hatcher drove away in the Nissan, but Hatcher ends up firing the first shots toward Eddie and Vuon'Tre.

After shooting toward the two and at the vehicle they were in, Hatcher drives away in the Nissan and Vuon'Tre begins returning fire.

Staff at a nearby bar were able to identify Hatcher as the unidentified man in the footage.

Other evidence, including social media pages and a BMV registration, led police to identify Hatcher as the shooter.

Hatcher is currently in custody in Niles.

The sentencing range for murder is 45 to 65 years.

The sentencing range for a firearm enhancement is five to 20 years.

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