By: CHRISTINA CLARK
Early Sunday morning, March 31, a house party reportedly hosted by students from IU South Bend took a violent turn.
“Around 2:43 a.m., officers responded to the 100 block of N. Notre Dame [avenue] on reports of a shooting. When officers arrived, they found two males injured,” said Ken Garcia, digital communications and media liaison for the City of South Bend Police Department.
One of the injured, Martin Ewing, 19, was taken to the hospital for treatment of a wound in his neck and is reportedly in stable condition. Cooper Hake, 20, was treated by medics at the scene and refused further medical treatment for a graze wound on his back.
Ken Baierl, director of communications and marketing at IU South Bend, confirmed that both students injured were baseball players for the university.
“Through the initial investigation, officers learned there was a house party taking place hosted by students from Indiana University South Bend. At some point, an unknown group of males showed up at the party,” said Garcia. “There was a threat made by one of the members of the group who showed a gun. The group left and then shots were fired from outside toward the back of the house.”
The investigation is ongoing, and interviews are being conducted by the South Bend Investigative Bureau.
“The possible suspect is a black male last seen wearing a red hoodie and dark jeans,” according to Garcia.
The Titans baseball team will resume their scheduled season.
“They want to play and we felt like it would be good to keep them together so they can support each other during this difficult time,” said Bairel.
The two injured players will not play, and their conditions will continue to be monitored.
Both IU South Bend Executive Director of Athletics, Steve Bruce, and Baseball Head Coach, Doug Buysse, declined further comment.