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Victim in fatal shooting on Portage Avenue identified, charges filed

ST. JOSEPH COUNTY, Ind. -- Charges have been filed in connection with the fatal shooting death of 56-year-old Willie Williams on Saturday.

Darcy Neily has been charged with carrying a handgun without a license.

On July 7, South Bend Police were called to a vehicle crash and shooting in the 2200 block of Portage Avenue.

When officers arrived, they found two crashed vehicles, a Ford and a Saturn, and Williams dead from a gunshot wound and a 'zip gun' near his body.

A witness told police she was in a relationship with Neily and they had been having issues. She confided in Williams about their dispute, which sparked a dispute between Williams and Neily.

Neily was not at the scene of the crash but was located in a yard of a home a short distance away sometime later.

Neily admitted to getting into a fight with Williams over a woman, police said.

He said he shot at Williams' vehicle while at the roundabout and continued out of the roundabout and into the cemetery area.

He said Williams rammed his vehicle, the Saturn, and it overturned.

After the crash, Neily said Williams ran towards with a metal object in his hand, so he fired one shot at Williams, according to the probable cause affidavit..

Neily then hid the handgun and said he knew he shouldn't have one because he had a felony conviction, reports said.

Neily has been charged with one count of carrying a handgun without a license.

Neily was ordered held without bail until his initial hearing on July 10 at 1 p.m.

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