Nineteen-year-old arrested in connection with Elkhart double shooting

Thomas Harper was arrested in connection with a double shooting in Elkhart. There were no fatalities in the incident.

Posted on Jan. 24, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.

ELKHART – A man was arrested in connection with a double shooting that occurred west of downtown Elkhart on Thursday, Jan. 23, police said.

Police called the Special Response Team (SRT) to 513 Oakland Avenue, where Thomas Harper, 19, was hiding. The team escorted Harper from the building shortly before 3:30 p.m., said Lt. Mike Sigsbee of the Elkhart Police Department. Multiple police squad cars blocked off the road between Harrison and Marion streets for more than an hour.

Harper was booked at the Elkhart County Jail on a preliminary charge of burglary in connection with a separate incident, police said.

Earlier in the day, two people were taken to Elkhart General Hospital for gunshot wounds following a shooting at 1415 W. Franklin St., west of Downtown Elkhart. The Elkhart Police Department received a report of the shooting at approximately 12:20 p.m.

The caller told emergency dispatchers one person had been shot, but police found two victims with gunshot wounds when they arrived.

The victims' injuries did not appear to be life threatening as of 1 p.m., officials said.

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