Officials give update on deadly weekend mass shooting in Goshen
GOSHEN, Ind. --- All across Goshen the community is hurting — after a deadly mass shooting inside a home on Rosemare Court Saturday afternoon.
A total of five people were shot with two ultimately dying from their injuries.
“Unfortunately, one of the four siblings that lived in that home who were all four living in that home, were victims of that attack, did die at the scene," said Vicki Becker, Elkhart County Prosecutor.
Investigators say in addition to one of the four siblings targeted — the alleged shooter, twenty-year-old David Varela Morales, died after being transferred to Goshen General Hospital.
The victims' names, which include minors, won’t be released at this time to respect family privacy, but officers confirm they did respond to the home just one day prior to the deadly incident.
“There was a call for service in that general area. Officers did respond. There was not a formal report that was offered or taken at that time and at that time that call was cleared and that was, that was the end of it," said Becker.
Despite their calls for privacy, Sean Pounds, the stepfather of at least one of the four victims, did speak on how the family is doing after such a traumatic experience.
“It’s gonna take some time, but they are well, as well as can be at this point in time. I understand a lot of people have questions right now. We just ask for respect, and we’ll get answers, but right now we have a great crew that’s working on that and when we have answers you guys can have answers," said Pounds.
The Elkhart County Homicide Unit is working together with the Goshen Police Department on the investigation.
As they continue to search for answers for those impacted- they’re also looking for support- and for the the public to refrain from spreading misinformation via social media.
“I would just request that the community just before they put out any information publicly make sure it’s accurate information. Make sure it’s not something that’s gonna hurt families cause more pain, more grief," said Chief Jose Miller, Goshen Police Department.
The family is currently accepting donations through a Facebook fundraiser to help cover funeral and medical expenses.
We’ll continue to bring you the latest information on this case as we learn it both on air and online.