April 20, 2014

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Man shot while trying to buy pot, police say

LORAIN — Police said an 18-year-old Lorain man was shot Tuesday night as he tried to buy marijuana on West Erie Avenue.

Police were sent to West 21st Street and Lorain Drive at 11:33 p.m. and met with the victim, Travone Edwards, of Lorain, who had a gunshot wound to his hand. He was taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center for his injuries.

Police said Edwards told officers he was at an apartment complex in the 2600 block of West Erie Avenue, but police said Edwards did not appear to be telling the truth. Edwards later admitted he went to the apartments to buy marijuana with his friend “Worm,” police said.

He said he called a drug dealer, whom he said he had never met, and pulled into the parking lot when he was approached by a tall, skinny, light-skinned black male, wearing all black. While speaking to the man, another man, approximately 5-feet, 10-inches tall and 230 pounds, wearing all black with a shirt tied around his face, ran from behind the apartments carrying a rifle, according to a police report.

Edwards told police both men began patting him down, and the shorter man hit him in the head with the rifle. While another man acted as a lookout, Edwards said the taller man told the shorter man to “just shoot him now,” when he ran to his car to escape.

After a brief struggle, the taller man ripped the keys out of the ignition, and the man with the rifle fired a shot into the car, striking Edwards’ hand that covered his face, according to the report.

Edwards said he managed to start the car and drive away.

Police said Worm was on the scene when officers arrived but left before they could get information. Officers found a single empty .45-caliber round near a red Cavalier in front of the apartments.

A gunshot residue test was completed on Edwards, and photos of his injuries were taken.

No arrests have been made, Lt. Mark Carpentiere said.

Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or cmiller@chroniclet.com.