UPDATE: Police say downtown South Bend shooting was self-inflicted
Police investigate after a teen apparently shot himself on accident, according to police, in downtown South Bend near the Century Center. (WSBT photo/JADE BIRCH)
Police said the 16-year-old victim, seen lying on the ground next to the Knute Rockne statue in front of the College Football Hall of Fame when emergency medical units arrived, shot himself as he tried to flee police from the Century Center following the days MLK events.
South Bend Police Division Chief Gary Horvath said the teen suffered a very superficial gunshot wound to the left arm.
The incident occurred at about 5:30 p.m. as a large gathering exited the Century Center following the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration.
No one else was injured, Horvath said.
A pearl-handled handgun believed to the be firearm witnesses saw being brandished by the victim was recovered by police from a snowbank near the Century Center.
The teen was transported by ambulance to a local hospital, where he was treated for a single gunshot wound to the arm.
Officers who interviewed the teen at the hospital indicated that the wound was self-inflicted, according to a report that came over the police radio shortly after 7 p.m.