LORAIN — Police said a South Amherst man was shot Sunday night while trying to purchase heroin near Fillmore Circle.
Police received the call around 10:08 p.m. Sunday and arrived to find Matthew Zvosec, 19, sprawled in the back seat of a Volkswagen with a bullet wound to his stomach.
Zvosec told police he was walking on the sidewalk near Fillmore Circle and G Street to meet a man, known only as “Tank,” to purchase heroin when a blue, older model four-door mid-sized Ford vehicle pulled up next to him with two black males in the front seat and a Hispanic male in the back seat. Zvosec said the Hispanic male, who had scruffy facial hair and was approximately 18 to 24, then shot him and the car drove away.
Zvosec said he did not recognize the men but believed he may have owed them money for drugs.
Zvosec was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center before being flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, according to Herb de la Porte, LifeCare Ambulance vice president. His condition was not immediately available Monday morning.
Zvosec’s friends, Christian Perkins and Alex Tilley, said they were with Zvosec Sunday night when he left. Perkins and Tilley said they believed Zvosec was purchasing cigarettes but received a call at 9:55 p.m. from Zvosec, who said he had been shot.
Perkins and Tilley found Zvosec lying on the sidewalk and drove him toward East Erie Avenue, then deciding to call 911 because of the severity of Zvosec’s injuries.
While police were investigating the shooting, officers asked Zvosec’s friend to move his car, which was located in the westbound lane of East Erie Avenue. According to a police report, the vehicle then plunged down a hill and into a lake after the vehicle’s brakes failed.
The vehicle had to be removed from the lake by Ernie’s Towing and members of the Lorain police dive team.
According to the report, police were unable to find any shell casings or blood in the area where Zvosec was reportedly found.
Police said Perkins’ Volkswagen’s plates were fictitious and a warrant was requested to be issued for Perkins.
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