LORAIN — An apparent robbery attempt around 10:05 p.m. Sunday left a man shot in the left leg.
Micah Smith, 25, was shot on the front lawn of his home at 1514 W. 11th St., as he ran from two armed men, according to a witness and Smith’s relatives who said they spoke to Smith after he was hospitalized.
The witness said he and Smith and another man were smoking cigarettes on the front porch of the home when the two men ran up to them pointing semiautomatic pistols.
“They told us not to (expletive) move,” he said. “When my buddy ran in the house, they started shooting.”
The witness said he jumped into nearby bushes as Smith ran down the lawn and the other man ran inside the house. He said the man inside exchanged gunfire with the two men and he heard at least four shots.
Two bullet holes were in the front window of the one-floor, woodframed home about an hour after the shooting.
The witness said one of the suspects was a stocky black man about 5-feet, 10-inches tall wearing a yellow or red hooded sweatshirt.
“They were going to rob us,” he said. “All hell broke loose.”
Jimmy Moon, Smith’s uncle, said the bullet went traveled through his nephew’s leg and that Smith was conscious and alert at Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was being treated Sunday night.
Virginia Moon, Smith’s grandmother, said he didn’t recognize the suspects.
“He said he start to run and they just kept coming and they started shooting,” she said. “He said one of them he picked up and slam dunked and then, after that, he noticed he was shot.”
“We’re done here at the scene, but there’s other things were doing behind the scenes,” police Sgt. Les Palmer said of the investigation.
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