December 21, 2014

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Police probing Saturday shooting, say victim isn’t providing help

ELYRIA — Police are still trying to determine who shot a man in the finger near a Middle Avenue apartment complex Saturday morning, and Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said the victim has not provided much information.

The victim, Jeris Geiger, 20, of Oberlin, was taken to EMH Elyria Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to the finger.

Police later learned that the shooting may have been related to shots fired in the parking lot of First Merit Bank, 538 Broad St., at 2:22 a.m. Saturday.

Officers who were sent to the bank found six .40-caliber shell casings next to the curb in the parking lot. No one was at the scene, but a woman who took Geiger to the hospital told police she was at the Toy Box Nightclub at 581 Broad St. when she saw what appeared to be an altercation near the bank.

Costantino said Geiger ran up to the group of women and they drove him away from the area after he said “somebody was going to fire a gun.” He said shots were fired at the back window of the vehicle while Geiger and the women drove away.

The women dropped Geiger off at 310 Oberlin Road at 2:41 a.m., and he walked to an apartment complex at 1864 Middle Ave., where he said a friend lived. Costantino said Geiger was shot after a gray four-door vehicle pulled up nearby and shot at him.

Costantino said police have not arrested a suspected shooter, and officers are still trying to piece together what happened.

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