Police investigating two separate shootings

NOW: Police investigating two separate shootings


SOUTH BEND, Ind. - South Bend Police are investigating two separate shootings that happened early Sunday morning.

The first shooting happened 2:43 a.m. on N. Notre Dame Avenue and the second happened at 3:30 a.m. two miles away on N. O'Brien Street.

A neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, said the shooting woke him up.

"Three loud bangs, back to back to back. It sounded like it was right outside the window," the neighbor said.

Police said students from Indiana University South Bend were hosting a party at their home on N. Notre Dame Avenue when an unknown group of men showed up at the party, started making threats and flashed a gun.

The group then left the home, returned later and started shooting at the back of the house, police said.

Two people were injured in the shooting. Martin Ewing, 19, was shot in the neck. Cooper Hake, 20, was shot in the back.

Less than an hour later, another shooting happened two miles away and injured an 11-month-old.

“Here comes a bullet flying past your house and your child, an 11 month-year-old the most vulnerable in our community is getting struck with this violence," Jasmine Brown said.

Brown lives right around the corner from N. O'Brien Street and couldn't believe when she heard a baby was shot in the shoulder.

According to reports, the baby was sleeping with his grandmother, 38-year-old Tiffany Gaylord when shots were fired.

Gaylord grabbed the baby and headed towards an SUV outside the house.

The SUV, which is still sitting in front of the house, has bullet holes and a broken window.

Brown grew up in the neighborhood and is currently running for South Bend Common Council's second district seat. She said the guns need to be put down.

“We're just in April and already we’ve had too many victims to homicide and those victims lead to other victims. A shooting doesn’t affect the one person but it affects all the people in the community and it's time for the endless violence to stop," Brown said.

The 11 month-old was treated and released from the hospital. Hake was treated by medics on the scene and Ewing is currently in the hospital in stable condition.

Anyone with information is asked to call the South Bend Police Department at 574-235-9201 or Crime Stoppers at 574-288-STOP.

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