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Man charged with 4 counts felonious assault in Oberlin shootings

OBERLIN — The calls began flooding in to 911 on Thursday night just after four people were shot.

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“I just heard a bunch of gunshots, like about six of them, coming from the apartment behind West College Street,” a caller said.

Later, one of the victims called, screaming.

“I’ve been shot! I’m in Oberlin, Ohio,” he screamed, as others yelled frantically in the background.

Oberlin police arrived at the apartments at 526 W. College St. to find four victims with gunshot wounds.

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The men — Quan Jackson, 23, of Oberlin; Emilio Hernandez, 26, of Lorain; Anthony Lee, 22, of Elyria; and Isiah Richardson, 17, of Oberlin — all were treated and released at the hospital. Police said the men had relatively minor injuries — one man’s head was grazed by a bullet, one had a wound to the arm and two had wounds to lower extremities.

Sean Woodings, 24, of Oberlin, was arrested Thursday night as the suspected shooter, and he was charged Thursday with four counts of felonious assault.

Oberlin police said in a release Friday that the incident may have been a result of an escalating dispute between the shooter and at least one of the victims.

During Woodings’ arraignment Friday at Oberlin Municipal Court, the prosecutor said that each of the alleged victims has a significant criminal history, including crimes of violence. An Oberlin Municipal Court docket states that Woodings was at his home, and it appeared that the men who were shot were trespassing and that at least one of the men was told not to be there.

Woodings was in the process of obtaining a civil protection order against one of the victims, according to court documents.

Felicia Wynn, a family member of Jackson, said Woodings had been harassing Jackson’s grandmother, however. She said Woodings had called his grandmother and threatened her regarding money owed to him.

Wynn said she believed Jackson and the other men went to confront Woodings about making the threatening statements, but she said she did not believe they had entered Woodings’ apartment, nor did they bring weapons.

Woodings, who pleaded not guilty, was released on a $5,000 personal bond. In a written statement, he said he was prompted to use his gun before he was harmed by one of the alleged victims.

Adam Zelis, a witness and friend of one of the victims, said Thursday night that the men were across the street from the apartments when the shooting occurred. He said the men who were shot went across the street to confront Woodings about derogatory remarks he had made about the grandmother of one of the victims.

Zelis, who had stayed behind, said he looked out the apartment window and saw the suspect come out of a home and begin firing a pistol. Zelis said he could see muzzle flashes.

“There was at least seven or eight shots that went off,” Zelis said. “Everybody was scooting, and people were dropping.”

A 9mm handgun and eight spent shell casings were recovered at the scene, according to Oberlin police Lt. Mike McCloskey.

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