INFORMATION ON EARLY MORNING SHOOTINGS
South Bend, IN—The County Metro Homicide Unit releases the
following information about two shootings that occurred in the early hours of
December 21, 2007:
today, South Bend Police officers were dispatched to the 1800 block of St. Joseph Street
in reference to a shooting. Uniformed
officers arrived and found Philip Geans, male white, 37, suffering from a
single gunshot wound to the lower chest.
Mr. Geans was transported to an area hospital where he underwent surgery
for his injuries; the injuries are not considered to be life-threatening at
today, South Bend
Police officers were dispatched to the Hope Rescue Mission, located in the 200
block of South Street,
on a report of a man who entered the facility and claimed to have been
shot. Uniformed officers responded and
found Clem Holingsworth, male black, 20, suffering from multiple gunshot
wounds. Mr. Hollingsworth was transported to an area hospital where he is under
treatment; his injuries are not considered to be life-threatening.
Metro Homicide Unit was first activated to investigate the shooting of Mr.
Geans, due to the severity of his injuries.
CMHU later assumed jurisdiction for the investigation of the shooting of
Mr. Hollingsworth when investigators learned that the shootings may be related,
as the circumstances of the shootings and the weapons used in both cases appear
to be similar.
Metro Homicide Unit continues to actively investigate the shootings of Phillip
Geans and Clem Hollingsworth. Anyone with
information about the shooting of Mr. Geans or Mr. Hollingsworth is asked to
contact CMHU at 235-5009 or Crime Stoppers at 288-STOP.