Early Sunday morning, the South Bend Police Department (SBPD) received several calls reporting gunshots fired in the 300 block of North Niles Ave., near Corby’s Pub. Officers also were in the vicinity when the incident occurred and immediately responded. Officers located one male adult victim deceased from an apparent gunshot wound. Officers also observed a vehicle driving erratically, northbound on Niles Ave. A traffic stop was initiated on this vehicle near Howard St. and Niles Ave. An additional gunshot wound victim was found to be a passenger in this vehicle. This individual was transported to an area hospital. A third gunshot wound victim called 9-1-1 to report he had been shot, and then flagged down a passing police car on LaSalle St. near The Pointe at St. Joseph Apartments. This victim was transported to an area hospital. It is believed that all three gunshot victims sustained the gunshot wounds during the same incident in the 300 block of Niles. Per protocol, the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) was activated and is currently handling the investigation. The deceased victim has been identified as 32 year old Christopher Maurice Chism of South Bend, and his family has been notified. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning, July 22nd, in Fort Wayne. Once the examination is completed, results of the autopsy will be shared. The gunshot wound victims that were transported to an area hospital are identified as 26 year old Jamere Ronell Forrest of South Bend, and 29 year old Jarell Seuell of Benton Harbor, Michigan. Forrest has since been released from the hospital. At the time of this press release, Seuell remains at the hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Several witnesses have been interviewed at the County Metro Homicide Unit and this is an active and on-going investigation. Investigators learned that a dark colored sedan with oversized, aftermarket rims may have left the area just after the shooting. Anyone with further information regarding this incident or the dark sedan are asked to contact the County Metro Homicide Unit at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.An Indiana State Police Cyber Crime Investigator assigned to the Indiana Crimes Against Children Task Force was presented an award by the United States Secret Service (USSS) this past Friday morning at the United States Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis for her forensic examination data submissions into the Forensic Partner Reporting (FPR) System, which is maintained by the USSS. Each year the National Computer Forensic Institute recognizes the top 50 examiners based upon the data provided to the FPR system. In 2018, there were 1,224 total state and local partner examiners and out of that total, 757 submitted FPR exam results for credit during the year. Sergeant Jennifer E. Barnes, a 23 year veteran of the State Police, was awarded because her submissions into the FPR system earned her the ranking of 28th nationally.
July 22nd, 2019|Local News|