December 21, 2014

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Police offer reward in shooting cases; 2 teenagers killed in Lorain

LORAIN — The police are offering a $2,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the shooting deaths of two Lorain teenagers, Lorain police Capt. Russ Cambarare announced Friday.

“There is nothing new whatsoever on either case,” Cambarare said, adding the reward is per case — meaning the total reward available for information on both cases would be $4,000.

Christopher Hill, 16, was shot in the face Monday while sitting in a car parked on Long Avenue at West 18th Street. He died the next day in a Cleveland hospital.

Marquis McCall, 18, died at the scene after being shot in the chest Monday at West 13th Street and Long Avenue.

A third shooting early Sunday morning doesn’t appear to be related to either of the two slayings, Cambarare said.

“That one stemmed from a dispute at an Elyria bar,” Cambarare said. “That’s the information we’re getting from the street. Those victims aren’t cooperating with us at all.”

In that case, police say Aaron Rodriguez, 18, and Duane Richardson, 19, both of Lorain, were wounded in the leg and foot respectively in a drive-by shooting early Sunday as they walked near West 18th Street and Oakdale Avenue.

While Sunday’s shooting doesn’t appear to be related to the homicides, Cambarare wouldn’t comment on whether the murders of Hill and McCall were related.

“We’re looking at that aspect of it,” he said. “We’ve interviewed several dozen people, and we’re still following up on leads.”

Lorain police often offer rewards to entice the public to help.

“We usually do this on every homicide,” Cambarare said, adding he hopes the reward will generate more leads.

Contact Alicia Castelli at 329-7144 or acastelli@chroniclet.com