Shooting in South Bend outside Linden Grill downtown leaves woman dead

SOUTH BEND — Mother of a A 5-year-old boy who was accidentally shot by a 9-year-old relative two weeks ago, was fatally shot in downtown South Bend on Tuesday night.

Police have confirmed that Kaylynn Davidson, 32, died in hospital after being taken there for her injuries. Kimmarie Wright, 26, was arrested in this case.

The shooting happened around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday outside the Linden Grill, according to police and traffic scanners. Officers stationed near downtown first heard four or five shots, then several 911 calls began pouring in to dispatchers reporting that a fight had broken out at the Linden Grill and a woman had been shot. outside.

Scanner traffic indicates that multiple officers were dispatched to the hospital when the victim arrived because of an angry mob that had gathered there.

Davidson was the mother of Kyler Nowlin Jackson, a 5-year-old boy who was accidentally shot and killed on April 30 by a 9-year-old parentaccording to a press release from the family at the time of Jackson’s death.

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Kyler Nowlin Jackson

The Violent Crimes Unit is investigating Tuesday night’s homicide and arrested Wright early Wednesday morning. Wright has not yet been formally charged.

A reporter who walked into the Linden Grill looking for information on Wednesday was told no one was available to speak.

The Reverend Canneth Lee, senior pastor of Kingdom Christian Center Church and city council member for the city’s First District, presided over the funeral earlier this month for Kyler. Lee said the community is in mourning with the family.

“I had to say at the funeral (for Kyler) that we never know the day or time we died,” Lee said. He said that not only is the family now mourning the death of 5-year-old Kyler, but also the death of Davidson and they are mourning the 9-year-old relative who is grieving over the events surrounding Kyler’s death.

“It’s the people. It’s just not South Bend. People who allow gun violence to be a way of life need to change their behavior,” Lee said.

“A gun can make a person powerful, but once you pull the trigger, you can’t take it back,” Lee said. “Individuals must learn that with gun violence no one wins. You can never kill your enemy. If you do, the other side rises and comes after you.”

Tribune staff writer Greg Swiercz contributed to this story.

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