CARLISLE TWP. — After a tense, dramatic exchange in a gas station lot, Elyria police shot and wounded a man they suspected was involved in firing shots into an Elyria apartment complex.
The suspect, whose name has not been released, and another individual were taken by ambulance to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center and Mercy Health Lorain Hospital. Their conditions were not available late Tuesday. Updated: Men in shooting identified, one has died.
The Lorain County Sheriff’s Office and Lorain Police Department sent officers to the Marathon gas station at East Avenue and Fuller Road after the incident. The Sheriff’s Office will handle the investigation into the shooting, per protocol.
Sheriff’s officials said about 4 p.m. Tuesday, Elyria police received a shots-fired call from Park Meadow Lane. The victims at the apartment gave a description of the vehicle involved — saying it was a newer, dark-colored Chevrolet Impala with heavily tinted windows.
Elyria officers caught up to a vehicle matching that description and pulled it over at the gas station. Officers, with guns drawn, ordered the individuals inside to step out with their hands in the air.
In a widely shared Facebook Live video made by a woman who was in the parking lot with her children at the time of the incident, police can be heard yelling at the people inside the vehicle while the woman begs them to get out of the car.
According to the news release, the vehicle shook as people in the car moved around with one moving to the back seat, and Elyria police officers continued to order people out of the car.
The video shows that not long after the rear car door opened, police fired at the vehicle. The man who got out of the car allegedly pointed a gun at officers, and the officers opened fire on the suspect and vehicle.
The woman’s video shows it was nearly 5 seconds between when the man opened the back door of the Impala and when police opened fire. The shooting lasted just more than 3 and a half seconds, according to her video.
Zach Logan, who lives across the street from the gas station, said officers blocked off the station. He said officers were talking to two black men in a black Impala.
He said he saw at least two police officers behind an SUV in the parking lot carrying what looked to be assault rifles during the incident.
“They yelled, ‘Get on the ground,’ and then they started opening fire, so we ran and got on the ground inside,” he said. Logan said he didn’t see what the men allegedly did to prompt police to open fire.
At least two people at the scene were taken away in ambulances, although one may have been unrelated to the shooting. That person was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center. The man who was shot was taken to Mercy Health Lorain Hospital. The names of those involved, and their conditions, have not been released by police.
No officers were injured. The names of the officers involved in the shooting have not been released.
While the Sheriff’s Office will investigate the shooting at East Avenue and Fuller Road, Elyria police will investigate the incident on Park Meadow Lane.
Frank Whitfield, independent mayoral candidate for Elyria, said in a statement he will host a community meeting at 7 p.m. today at House of Healing Ministries, 1417 West Ave., to “begin the process of healing and understanding from (Tuesday’s) tragedy.