Three dead, two hurt after Elkhart hit and run

NOW: Three dead, two hurt after Elkhart hit and run

ELKHART, Ind.-- Three people are dead and two others are injured after a hit and run took place in Elkhart Saturday night. 

UPDATE: According to officials the suspect vehicle was located and identified Tuesday afternoon. 

The officers were dispatched to a suspicious vehicle report on the 2700 block of Frederic Drive and found a light colored Cadillac covered in a tarp. 

Officials then obtained a search warrant and gathered evidence that indicated that this was in fact the suspect vehicle, a silver 1999, Cadillac. 

Officers and detectives are actively searching for the owner of the vehicle. 

According to family members, the infant injured in the incident died on Sunday at the University of Chicago Medical Center. 

As of Sunday morning, police were still looking for the suspect.

The crash happened near the intersection of Beardsley and Cassopolis around 9:00 Saturday night.

According to Elkhart Police Sgt. Chris Snyder, the suspect was last seen heading east on Beardsley.

The driver hit a group of five people who were walking off the road.

It then hit two vehicles, then took off.

One person was dead when officers arrived, another died at the hospital.

A child was taken to Riley Children's with life threatening injuries.

One victims is at South Bend Memorial with serious injuries, another is at Elkhart General with serious injuries.

A family member spoke with ABC57 News.

They say the family was just two blocks away from home, on their way to get ice cream.

The family member added that a girl died on the scene and her brother died at the hospital. 

A baby was in a car-seat stroller, but is still seriously injured.

Police have not confirmed that information.

Her dad, is preparing for surgery.

The family member says the father tried to push his daughter and sister out of the way of the car. 

His girlfriend, was also injured. 

Police call the scene "horrific,"  and are asking for any information on the crime.

Police say anyone with tips can call Crime Stoppers at 574-295-7070.

Elkhart Mayor Tim Neese issued a statement Sunday morning. He said, "In the aftermath of Saturday evening’s hit-and-run, there are many people in our community who are struggling to make sense of this senseless act. My thoughts remain with the victims, their families and the public safety personnel who arrived on-scene.

“I appeal to the public today in search of any details that may lead us closer to identifying those responsible. If you saw something last night or see a vehicle with significant front-end damage, please contact the Elkhart Police Department. Your tip could be the one that helps deliver justice for our five friends and neighbors.”

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