MISHAWAKA — University Park Mall was back open Sunday after a shooting Saturday left a 23-year-old man dead. It’s one of a string of recent incidents involving gun violence in St. Joseph County.
People were walking the concourses at University Park Mall Sunday as if nothing had happened. On Saturday the area was a massive crime scene.
Police say 23-year-old Delaney Crosby and another man got into a fight outside a jewelry store in the mall. The man pulled out a gun and shot Crosby, killing him.
The crime scene tape is gone, but the memories are not.
“It’s always going to be in the back of my mind for quite a while probably,” said Renie Campoli, who visits the mall often.
Campoli said she was surprised to hear what happened Saturday. On Sunday she brought flowers to the mall for the store employees near where the shooting took place.
“There’s enough violence in the world, that’s why I’m trying to bring a little bit of joy, you know, and I just wish people would get along better.”
The mall shooting is the just the latest in a string of gun violence that has hit St. Joseph County.
“You become numb, I start to become numb,” said TaKisha Jacob with Bullets4Life.
Jacobs is the chief ambassador for Bullets4Life Indiana. Having lost a son and several family members to gun violence, she is pleading with people to stop the killing.
“You have to stop and think, is this worth my life? Is this worth my mom’s life? Is this worth me going to prison over?”
Jacobs says the only way we can prevent tragedies like what happened Saturday is addressing mental health and coming together as a community.
“We all need to work together. It doesn’t matter what we do, it doesn’t matter who does what. We all need to come together and work together to help stop the violence in the community.”
The Metro Homicide team says it is still trying to identify the suspect in yesterday’s shooting.
We reached out to the mall for comment and were told to direct our questions to police.