By JOHN KLINE
THE GOSHEN NEWS
A 51-year-old man apparently shot and killed a 48-year-old woman and then killed himself in the 100 block of North Fifth Street this morning.
According to Goshen police, a report of a possible shooting came in at approximately 7:47 a.m. Monday. Upon responding to the scene, Goshen police reportedly found two motionless people lying on the ground in the parking lot on the east side of North Fifth Street directly across from the 1st Quality Cleaners & Laundry business. Police immediately had the Lincoln Avenue/Fifth Street intersection blocked off with police vehicles, and yellow police tape was used to cordon off nearly the entire block. Numerous investigators, as well as the coroner, could be seen canvasing the street and nearby parking lots for any signs of evidence.
Further investigation and witness statements at the scene confirmed that the two subjects were known to one another and that a 51-year-old man shot and killed a 48-year-old woman. The man then reportedly took his own life with the same firearm.
The names of the deceased will be released after their families have been notified, police said. The incident remains under investigation.
Bonnie Sutherland, an employee of The Goshen News, said she had just arrived to work a little before 8 a.m. when she heard the gunshots ring out along Fifth Street.
“I was coming in the back door at between five and 10 minutes until 8 a.m., and I heard ‘bang, bang, bang’, three shots,” Sutherland said. “It sounded like it was coming from the corner over there at Fifth and Lincoln, so I thought, ‘OK, I’m heading inside!’ because I’d never heard anything like that. But that’s what first came to my mind, that it was gunshots, or somebody shooting off fireworks. It was pretty quiet, and there wasn’t a lot of traffic at that time, and apparently after that all heck broke loose. But I wasn’t going to go over and check it out. I went the other way.”
Billie Wogomon, an Elkhart resident standing outside of the Elkhart Township Trustees Office at the corner of Lincoln and Fifth, said she wasn’t in the area at the time of the shooting. A past resident of Goshen, Wogomon said she never thought she’d live to see the day when there would be shootings in downtown Goshen.
“It’s creepy,” Wogomon said of the shooting. “I never thought I’d ever see something like this in Goshen. And it’s really sad, especially if it’s a murder/suicide. It’s just really sad.”