Police identify 13-year-old boy shot at Mishawaka apartments

Tyshawn Taylor// Photo provided

An attempted home invasion ended with the death of a 13-year-old boy, Tyshawn Taylor.

This happened Tuesday night around 10 p.m. at Hickory Village Apartment complex in Mishawaka.

Police are still working to piece together exactly what happened. There's still many questions surrounding the incident.

The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit won't confirm whether the teenager was the one trying to break into the apartment.

Police say it's all still under investigation, but neighbors say they feel uneasy.

"My daughter called to check on me and said 'Mom, something is going on,' but I got up and I seen the lights out there, so I went to peeping out and seeing what was going on and I see police all over,” said Darlene Horton.

Mishawaka Police initially responded to a call of a home invasion, when they got to the complex they found 13-year-old Taylor shot. They say he died at the scene.

Horton has lived at Hickory Village Apartments for almost five years. She says she's never seen something like this.

“You never know what people are going to do never know the company they're going to keep, so that's kind of hard to predict,” she said.

Metro Homicide investigators stayed into the early morning hours combing for evidence. Investigators are still piecing together what happened.

They say they've interviewed several people but the investigation is still ongoing.

"Praying for the families of everyone involved. I don't know what caused it. I don't know what happened, but praying that this doesn't make it bad for Hickory Village,” Horton said.

WSBT 22 spoke to a woman who says she's Taylor’s mother. She says he was in the eighth grade at Edison Intermediate.

The family is looking for answers. She says he didn't live at Hickory Village Apartments.

His autopsy is scheduled for Thursday morning.

Anyone with information is asked to contact St. Joseph County Metro Homicide at (574) 235-5009 or CrimeStoppers at (574) 288-STOP.

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