LORAIN — A Lorain man was shot over the weekend while at a South Lorain bar, according to Lorain police.
Officers were called to Gil’s International Lounge on East 28th Street about 1:45 a.m. Saturday, according to a police report.
The victim, Arzell Nash, 26, had already been taken to the hospital by car when they arrived, the report said.
Witnesses told police they heard two or three gunshots outside the bar’s front door, and then Nash ran inside holding his stomach.
Most of those at the scene could identify the suspected shooter only by a nickname until one person told police what he believed to be the man’s first name. Lorain police Lt. Mark Carpentiere confirmed police have a suspect but said no one has been arrested yet.
Officers responding to the shooting noticed a car speeding from the scene and followed it to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where the driver and two passengers helped Nash out of the front seat and onto a hospital bed.
Emergency room staff said Nash had been shot once in the left side of the abdomen and would be transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, the report said. According to the police report, his injuries did not appear to be life-threatening, but his condition was not immediately available.
According to the report, Nash was awake and alert but was uncooperative with officers and would not tell them who shot him, where it occurred or for what reason.
Officers recovered a .45-caliber casing, .45-caliber bullet and an unfired .45-caliber cartridge at the scene. Police also found a baggie containing suspected cocaine outside the back door of the bar.
Nash’s personal items and clothing were also taken as evidence.