By AMANDA GRAY
THE GOSHEN NEWS
Dale and Caralee Branson have lived on Riverside Boulevard since 1954, when it marked the city limits of Goshen.
Back then there were two other homes on the gravel street, with cornfields stretching out behind their house to the west. As the number of homes and city around them grew, one thing was always the same: Riverside Boulevard was quiet and sleepy, with a strong-knit neighborhood.
Friday night’s shooting of 44-year-old Michael Edwards, identified by Goshen police, at nearby 1310 W. Clinton St. has now changed that friendly neighborhood, and has left neighbors concerned, according to Dale Branson.
“This doesn’t make you feel safe in this town anymore,” Branson said. “This is the first time anything this bad has happened in this neighborhood... When you look at crime maps, you see this neighborhood is quiet.”
Goshen police were called to the Clinton and Riverside area around 6:12 p.m. Friday evening, according to a police report. Upon arrival, officers found Edwards lying on the ground behind his home, having suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
Edwards received emergency aid from Goshen paramedics, and he was airlifted for further care at a hospital in South Bend, the report said. He is expected to recover. Edwards told police he was standing in his yard when he was approached by a young black male wearing a dark-hooded sweatshirt and jeans. Edwards said he believes the man was attempting to rob him when the shooting occurred.
Police do not know the identity of the shooter. Anyone with information pertaining to this incident is asked to contact the Goshen Police Department by email at email@example.com or by calling the non-emergency dispatch number 574-533-4151.
Caralee Branson said the neighborhood hasn’t been ignorant of outside crime. “We lock our front door if we’re in the back of the house,” she said Saturday. “It’s still a nice neighborhood, but we’ve never had to do that before.”
Wally Kehr has lived in the neighborhood since he built his home in 1953; he also said the neighborhood has seen no substantial trouble in his time, except for some teenagers he saw in the alleyway less than a month ago, smoking something.
After calling the police, Kehr said, he has seen wonderful response from the officers of the Goshen Police Department to concerns with the neighborhood. Kehr said he knew Edwards in passing, and that he had moved into the home he was renting within the past year.