2-year-old boy shot in front yard of South Bend home may have been killed by stray bullet

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - Police say a 2-year-old boy playing in the front yard of a South Bend home with his 7-year-old sister was fatally struck by a bullet that was possibly from a gunfight between two rival groups roughly a block away.

Police said an argument began between the two groups around 6 p.m. Wednesday, roughly a half-mile south of the University of Notre Dame, a block from where the 2-year-old was playing. Police say one group began running west toward the boy and the other group continued shooting.

Police say no arrests have been made and no suspects are in custody.

The county coroner's office identified the boy as John Swoveland Jr. of South Bend. Deputy Coroner Nancy Pemberton says an autopsy is scheduled for Thursday afternoon.

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