November 27, 2014


Police said man fired gun at girlfriend


Nicholas Shaffer

LORAIN — A Lorain man whom police said assaulted and shot at his girlfriend on Sunday was found hours later in their house with an arsenal of guns and a bulletproof vest.

Nicholas Shaffer, 24, was charged with domestic violence and felonious assault on Sunday at the home he shared with his girlfriend on the 800 block of West 21st Street in Lorain.

The incident began around 12:30 a.m. Sunday when Shaffer’s 21 year-old girlfriend, Amber Carnley, said she awoke to find him punching their dog. When she told him to stop, Shaffer grabbed her phone and started yelling that she had cheated on him, she told police.

Carnley told police she headed downstairs and Shaffer followed and then shot at her with a .22-caliber bolt-action rifle, missing her and hitting the wall about 2 feet from her head. He then threw her on the coach and forced himself on her, police said.

Later, Carnley said she went upstairs and Shaffer followed her and fell asleep.

She went to the police station about 10:30 a.m. — telling police she was afraid to leave any earlier while Shaffer was there. She showed police pictures she took of the wall where the bullet hit.

Police went to Shaffer and Carnley’s home on West 21st Street to arrest him around 2 p.m. and found multiple guns in different rooms around the house. A long rifle was leaning against the wall, a loaded revolver was sitting on a cabinet and two shotguns sat in the bedroom alongside a bulletproof vest.

When police told Carnley about the guns, she told them the guns hadn’t been out when she left that morning. Carnley said Shaffer has been aggressive and abusive to her before but had never shot at her.

“He’s got something wrong with him. I believe he needs help,” she said.

Shaffer’s next hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Lorain Municipal Court.

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  • Larry Crnobrnja

    Hopefully they didn’t let this guy out on bond.

  • Mike Smeck

    Freakin’ punk coward – Where’s the animal abuse charge???

  • Mike wowk

    Sad part is she will probably go back to him and continue the cycle of abuse. Hopefully she got a good enough wake up call to leave the looser and pursue any and all charges against him.

  • Mike wowk

    And why not charge him with attempted murder?

  • Geri Cahill-Miller

    Another sad example of the connection of animal abuse and domestic violence. If you or someone you know needs help we’re here. We provide confidential emergency foster services for all types of companion animals as well as rescources and safety plans for humans – lorain country and beyond and . Now there’s help for everyone.

  • Arietta Sullivan

    she’ll be back with him later…waste of time for cops&everybody else that tries to tell these women in domestic violence relationships that they’ll eventually be pulled out in a body bag.i mean,come on,’he was abusive&aggressive BEFORE but never shot at me’..really?? so with this case,’it’s okay to beat my a**&be very aggressive but as soon as you shoot at me,i’m taking you to the cops. something isn’t right with her either,they both need help.

  • Justin Carnley

    that was my sister that he shot at he is a dead man if I see him

    • Arietta Sullivan

      help your sister <3 not the idiot cause though you may kill him,she always has that chance to repeat this horrific lifestyle but with another man.don't get me wrong..i do not agree with this man's actions that shot at your sister but she needs your love&guidance in her life&she can't get it with you in prison.the man isn't worth giving him anymore satisfaction even when he goes through the gates of hell.

  • Arietta Sullivan

    and to the person ‘SARITA’…exactly it’s my assumption&you are absolutely right i do not know them. do you not know that i’ve know so many women that puts restraining orders out with domestic violence but still allows the man to come around&she ends up using it as a ‘weapon’ on him,if he physically attacks her.i’m not saying this woman would do that act but a restraining order can only do so much if it’s not applied.all i’m saying is alot of times,the woman who gets away from punks like this should,also,get’s usually a repeated cycle with their choices of men.that’s prayers are with her to,hopefully,realize these types of men are no good&stay away from them.