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Shooting death of South Bend 2-year-old results in 6 arrests, two more still sought

St. Joseph County Metro Homicide announced Thursday, April 17, that the eight people charged in the case face murder and illegal gun possession charges. 

Posted on April 17, 2014 at 5:16 p.m.

SOUTH BEND - Eight individuals face criminal charges in connection with the shooting death of two-year-old John Swoveland Jr. in South Bend, according to WSBT.

St. Joseph County Metro Homicide held a press conference on the shooting at 4 p.m. on Thursday, April 17.

Prosecutors charged eight individuals between the ages of 15 and 23 in connection to the incident. Among the charges are murder, carrying a handgun without a license and gang enhancement. Three of the individuals are juveniles who will be charged as adults.

Two of the individuals, Robert L. Griffin and Xavier Primm, are not in custody. They are considered armed and dangerous.

Investigators said that a stray bullet hit Swoveland Jr. when he was playing in his aunt's front yard with his sister on Wednesday, April 9, in the 1000 block of Campeau Street. The shots were fired during a shootout between two rival gangs several blocks away in Cocilliard Park.

For further information about the charges and the investigation, visit WSBT.

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