Shots ring out as Michigan City students get off school bus

2013-11-21T13:00:00Z 2013-11-22T00:01:10Z Shots ring out as Michigan City students get off school busStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
November 21, 2013 1:00 pm  • 

MICHIGAN CITY | Numerous gunshots rang out as young children were just getting off a school bus Wednesday, leaving parents and the entire neighborhood in Michigan City in a state of panic.

"It sounded like Iraq," said Brenda Kilgore of the 300 block Vail Street.

Kilgore said she was looking out her front window and saw the entire incident. Then, after the rapid gunfire stopped, she ran toward the bus to check on the welfare of the innocent bystanders.

"I wanted to help. I thought they were shooting at the bus," said Kilgore.

Nobody was wounded and no vehicles or homes were found struck by the gunfire, said Michigan City Police Detective Bureau Commander Lt. Cary Brinkman.

Brinkman said two groups on each side of the street were involved in the gunfire incident after 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Alexander Newton, 21, and Isaac Newton, 19, were taken into custody following a two block foot pursuit that ended near the GO LO station along Michigan Boulevard, police said.

Both suspects were being held for resisting law enforcement but the oldest of the two individuals also was detained on criminal recklessness, carrying a handgun without a permit and resisting law enforcement, according to police.

Brinkman said he did not know how many shots were fired or if the shots came from just one individual or if there was an exchange of gunfire between the parties.

The circumstances leading up to the gunfire are still unclear.

"There's still a lot of work to do on this," said Brinkman, who did say more arrests are a possibility.

Brinkman said responding officers were told by witnesses they saw the two arrested men go into a nearby home.

Officers turned their attention toward the house and saw the men running from the yard, triggering a short foot chase.

A search warrant was obtained and a firearm was recovered from the home where one of the people taken into custody resides, said Brinkman.

He confirmed the school bus was on the same block where the gunfire occurred.

Kilgore estimated the gunfire lasted from "20 to 30 seconds" but could not guess how many shots were actually fired.

"I can't even count them. It was a lot," she said.

She said there were also children remaining on the bus after the others were let out.

"There were people just standing down there getting their kids. My neighbor who lives across the street was getting her kids. She was actually down there and grabbed her daughters and ran," said Kilgore.

Maurice Scott, a cashier at GO LO, said many customers were coming into the store Thursday inquiring about the shooting incident.

"That's been the topic of conversation today what happened yesterday," said Scott.

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