December 25, 2014

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Suspect charged in shooting that wounded 18-year-old

Elyria firefighters and police officers investigate the scene of shooting Wednesday on 15th Street right off Middle Avenue. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

Elyria firefighters and police officers investigate the scene of shooting Wednesday on 16th Street off Middle Avenue. KRISTIN BAUER | CHRONICLE

ELYRIA – Elyria police have identified and charged a suspect in a shooting on 16th Street last night.

Tony Carter Jr., 24, was charged with felonious assault and child endangerment after being arrested at his apartment on 1879 Turner Blvd. on Wednesday evening.

Police say he fired three shots, hitting 18-year-old Andre Jackson in the leg. His friend’s 6-year-old son was sitting a few feet from Carter during the shooting, Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino said.

Jackson told police that the incident began when he was visiting a friend at 308 16th St. Police said there were a couple of people at the house during the incident, including Delance Kimbro.

Around 7:50 p.m., Jackson heard a commotion outside and went to see what was going on. Once outside, Jackson saw Carter and Kimbro arguing. Jackson told police that he recognized Carter only by his street name “Ya-yo” and his first name, Tony.

Carter had driven to the house with Chanel Grantham and her 6-year-old son, who was in the car’s backseat. Carter got out of the car and started arguing with Kimbro, the father of the 6-year-old, police said.

Carter was carrying a 357-magnum handgun which he was waving around, threatening Kimbro by saying “I’ll do it,” Jackson told police. Police have not yet found the gun.

At the sound of the first gunshot, Jackson told police he began to run when he was hit in the leg by a second shot. He fell to the ground immediately, hearing one more shot before Carter, Grantham and Grantham’s son left in the car.

“There’s nothing to suggest that (Jackson) was the intended target (of the shooting),” said Costantino, adding that Carter was firing the gun and one bullet happened to hit Jackson.

After the incident, police showed Jackson a lineup of photos of potential suspects and Jackson was able to identify Carter, police said.

Carter has been charged with weapons-related charges before, including weapons while under disability charges in 2009 and 2007. Carter was also charged with aggravated robbery in 2009.

He is currently being held at Lorain County Jail without bond.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com