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Elkhart shooting leaves 1 dead

Man killed in Thursday morning shooting.
Emily Monacelli
Posted on Oct. 27, 2011 at 1:00 a.m. | Updated on Oct. 28, 2011 at 12:15 a.m.

ELKHART — Elkhart’s third shooting in five days proved to be fatal.

Elkhart police are investigating the death of Jermell Williams, 34, Thursday morning at Old Farm Apartments on Elkhart’s south side, off Mishawaka Road. Officers were called to 811 G Lane at about 9:20 a.m. when residents reported hearing gunfire, said Lt. Laura Koch, Elkhart police public information officer.

Koch would not say if Williams was found inside an apartment or outside. She said later Thursday that police have no suspects so far.

Anyone with information about the fatal shooting at Old Farm is asked to call Detective Steve Price at 295-7076.

The incident continues a busy week for Elkhart police. Thursday’s death marked the city’s third shooting in six days. Williams is the fifth shooting victim in Elkhart since Saturday and the second to die from gunshot wounds. Koch said police have no reason to believe all the shootings are connected.

A shooting late Saturday on Dr. Martin Luther King Drive resulted in the death of 19-year-old Ariana Pendleton.

Two people were hurt Wednesday afternoon in a shooting on the west side of Elkhart. John Taylor IV, 19, was arrested on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness resulting in bodily injury.

Thursday’s incident was the second homicide on G Lane in a little more than two years. In July 2009, 24-year-old Alphonso L. James Jr. was shot and killed, and Noble Dennie, 29, of Gary, was shot and injured in what trial testimony showed was a drug deal turned robbery. Bruce White is serving 65 years and Charles Farrell III is serving 63 years in prison for murder for their involvement.

A neighbor who was loading her two kids into a minivan and who lives on D Lane said the Thursday shooting scared her, but she’s felt safe in the seven years she’s lived at Old Farm.

Two neighbors who live on F Lane, across from yellow police tape cordoning off the parking lot, said the apartment complex has been quiet.



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