Police were called to the gas station, at 2436 Broadway, at 3:25 a.m. for reports of multiple shots fired. One victim, 33-year-old Herman Seagers, of Lorain, was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he later died of a gunshot wound, according to a news release from the Lorain Police Department.
Three others — Tallis Moore, 33; Allen Tate Sr., 34; and Damian Bell, 25 — were taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center for non-life-threatening injuries.
Police said the shooting occurred after a confrontation at the Cotton Club at 1766 E. 28th St.
Officers were sent to the bar at 3:06 a.m. about a report of unwanted men, some of whom had guns. Police arrived to find no problem and cleared the area but stayed at the scene, according to the news release.
At 3:25 a.m., officers near the bar reported hearing shots fired, with suspects who fled in a black SUV. While still at that scene, officers were then sent to Liberty Gas for a report that a man had been shot.
Police spokesman Lt. Roger Watkins said police are investigating the shooting and have a suspect, but he declined to identify the suspect or elaborate further. Liberty Gas remained open after the shooting.
Before his death, Seagers had been awaiting a pretrial for charges of complicity to felonious assault, stemming from a shooting last January, according to court documents.
On Jan. 11, 2012, Lorain resident Gregory Brazile, 30, was shot in the back and was critically injured after a bullet pierced his lung.
Police charged Antwon President with the shooting, alleging that President had shot the current boyfriend of his ex-girlfriend during an argument at the woman’s home. Seagers was charged with complicity to felonious assault after being found with President, who police said was trying to hide the weapon in the parking lot of Home Depot on Leavitt Road.
Seagers has numerous criminal convictions, according to court documents.
In October 2011, he was sentenced to community control and a license suspension after he was convicted of possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia. Seagers spent time at the Lorain-Medina Community Based Correctional Facility after pleading guilty to assault in 1999.
Seagers was also convicted of domestic violence in 1998, 2001 and 2002 and disorderly conduct in 2008.
Bell and Tate also have numerous criminal convictions, including weapons charges, according to court documents.
The new year arrived violently for other parts of Ohio, with a woman stabbed to death in Toledo, men shot to death in Cleveland and Dayton and three people shot and wounded in Columbus on Tuesday.
The fatal shooting of a man on Cleveland’s east side just before 3 a.m. came as the city recorded a two-year spike in homicides last year and in 2011.
In Dayton, police were investigating the death of a man found shot in a home, with his friends telling WHIO-TV in Dayton that he had been seen celebrating New Year’s as late as 2 a.m.
Columbus police were investigating two separate shootings early Tuesday in the city that wounded three, while Toledo police were investigating the death of a 23-year-old woman stabbed in the neck during a large fight at a bar shortly before 2 a.m.
Lorain Councilman Dennis Flores, D-2nd Ward, said Tuesday’s incident, as well as Sunday’s shooting at Biggy’s Pub and Eatery, has raised some concerns about the safety of downtown Lorain. With a poor economy, Flores said many are turning to the streets and to violence to “make a quick buck.”
Flores said city leaders will have a discussion on how to best handle crime. He mentioned targeting some clubs with more security.
“(City Council) talked about how we’re going to address this,” he said. “It’s just tragic how these young men are involved in the situations that they’re in.”
Flores said he hopes to discuss the matter with police and make a plan to stop gun violence in the city.
“It’s certainly not a good way to start the year off,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this story. Contact Chelsea Miller at 329-7123 or firstname.lastname@example.org.