Sign posted outside Monterrey Bar and Grill on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. South Bend Tribune Photo/MAREK MAZUREK
Sign posted outside Monterrey Bar and Grill on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021. South Bend Tribune Photo/MAREK MAZUREK
MISHAWAKA — Patrick Justice was driving along McKinley Avenue on the way to visit his mother before midnight Friday when he was stopped by police near Monterrey Bar and Grill.

As he came to a halt just past Division Street, Justice saw hundreds of people pouring out of the bar and rushing across the street, or into Ubers and Lyfts in the road.

“All of a sudden we were stopped by police because all of these kids were screaming and running and I thought, ‘Oh my God there’s an active shooter somewhere,’” Justice said.

Thinking those fleeing were in danger, Justice urged three people into his car. Once they were inside the vehicle, Justice learned the crowd was made up of mostly underage Notre Dame students trying to escape being caught by police.

“They ran across the street, some ran to Liberty (Elementary School), some ran toward 331 and some started making a hightail toward Notre Dame going the other way,” he said.
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