LORAIN — Two brothers are dead after a shooting at Westgate Garden Apartments on Leavitt Road early Thursday.
According to a news release from the Lorain Police Department, officers responded to the scene at 12:31 a.m. and found two men with gunshot wounds.
Jose Morales, 35, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the second man, Angel Cruz, 38, was transported to Mercy Regional Medical Center before being flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.
Police said Cruz was in surgery at 5:30 a.m. but by noon he had succumbed to his injuries and was removed from life support.
Lorain County Coroner Dr. Stephen Evans said the incident is definitely a homicide, but police are investigating the circumstances that left the two men dead.
Evans said Morales died from multiple gunshot wounds, but he couldn’t speak about Cruz’s condition because Cruz’s body is being handled by the Cuyahoga County medical examiner.
Maurice Kimbrough, 29, was arrested and charged in connection with the incident. The charges filed include tampering with evidence, obstructing official business, having weapons under disability and carrying a concealed weapon.
Lorain police Capt. Roger Watkins said the case would be turned over to a county grand jury. He declined to discuss what transpired between Morales, Cruz and Kimbrough.
“We charged him what we charged him with, he’s being cooperative, we typed the whole thing up and we’re going to let the grand jury make the decision,” Watkins said.
Kimbrough called police, according to a police report, and when they arrived at the apartment and headed up the first flight of stairs, they saw him standing in the doorway of an apartment talking on the phone with police dispatchers.
Kimbrough was ordered out of the apartment at gunpoint, according to the report. He was checked for weapons, and he told police two men were shot inside.
Before police could enter the apartment, a 29-year-old woman came out crying and screaming, according to the report.
The woman who was in the apartment was reached by phone Thursday. She sobbed and said the men who died were brothers, but she was afraid to discuss what happened because she said people have been threatening her life and the life of her daughter.
“I was in here when it happened,” she said, barely audible through sobs. “One was my boyfriend, the other was his brother. Brother shot the brother, and the neighbor shot my boyfriend. That’s all I’m going to tell you. Police told me not to answer any more phone calls. People are calling me threatening my life.”
About eight homicides occur in the county annually, Evans said. In Lorain alone this year, the total stands at nine.
Although Evans said he couldn’t speculate on the circumstances surrounding Thursday’s shooting, he said most homicides he’s dealt with are connected to drug use or sales.