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Metro Homicide: Double shooting kills man, hurts woman

suspect jailed

June 28, 2012|By Colleen Ferreira (, Click here to follow Colleen on Twitter | WSBT-TV Reporter
  • One person was shot to death shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday in the 400 block of South Edison Avenue in South Bend. St. Joseph County Metro Homicide is now investigating the case.

SOUTH BEND — A man is dead and his friend is facing a preliminary charge of reckless homicide after a fight erupted between the two Thursday evening at the friend's home.

Freddie Smith, 29, died at the scene. His friend, Steve Nobles, 24, was arrested for shooting him to death.

Nobles' girlfiend, Diana Pereira, was also shot during the fracas. She was taken to a local hospital with a gunshot wound to her lower leg. She's expected to survive, Lt. Dave Wells told WSBT. Wells is St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit's assistant commander.

St. Joseph County's Metro Homicide Unit investigators told WSBT Smith was shot at least once. An autopsy has been scheduled for Friday, Wells said.

The fight and shootings occurred shortly after 6 p.m. Thursday in front of Nobles' home, 429 S. Edison Ave.

"I heard gunshots and went outside to get my kids in," said a neighbor of the Edison Avenue home where the shooting occurred shortly after 6 p.m.

People gathered at the scene and a man paced back and forth in the parking lot of Dairy Queen at the corner of Edison and Western avenues screaming, "That’s my nephew. ... What am I gonna do now?"

Meanwhile, as several friends stood to offer support, a woman who knew the victim continued to cry out, "Why? Why? Why?"

South Bend Tribune Staff Writer Jeff Harrell contributed to this story.


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