Man arrested, charged in LaPorte bar shooting

2014-06-25T17:15:00Z 2014-06-25T22:35:06Z Man arrested, charged in LaPorte bar shootingStan Maddux Times Correspondent
June 25, 2014 5:15 pm  • 

LAPORTE | A man wanted in connection with a shooting at a downtown LaPorte bar was arrested Tuesday in South Bend.

Shirron Taylor, 32, is charged with attempted murder for the early Tuesday shooting of Kellen Beckles, of LaPorte, who on Wednesday was still reported to be in critical condition.

According to court documents filed Wednesday, Taylor tried killing Beckles by putting his .38-caliber snub nosed revolver close to his chest and firing inside the LaPorte bar.

According to police, Taylor went inside Ellian's Pub at Lincolnway and Michigan Avenue and confronted the 28-year-old Beckles, who during a verbal exchange was shot.

According to court documents, gunpowder burns on the Beckle's chest coincided with witness accounts that Taylor fired at point blank range.

Witnesses also helped identify Taylor, a regular at the bar, who often stayed with his girlfriend at a home just a few blocks away, according to court documents.

Later Tuesday, police searched the home and found nothing, but did locate the suspected getaway car nearby, court documents state.

LaPorte police Chief of Detectives Tom Thate said information gathered during the investigation led to South Bend where Taylor was apprehended without incident at a home with help from U.S Marshals about 12 hours after the shooting.

Thate said Taylor was residing at various residences in LaPorte and South Bend and originally is from Illinois, possibly the Chicago area.

According to court documents, Taylor admitted to the shooting but a clear motive was not known.

"Whatever the actual circumstances were, it had something to do with an argument," said Thate.

Police said Taylor was wearing the same clothes that were described as worn by the gunman when he was arrested, police said.

He is expected to be arraigned Friday.

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