December 22, 2014

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Elyria Township man critically injured after being shot twice

Jared Fenik

Jared Fenik

ELYRIA TWP. — A distraught Rosie Fenik clutched her hands to her face after learning her son was shot, but never cried.

“I can’t cry,” she told neighbor Anna Gerhart after hugging Gerhart. “I never cry.”

Jared Fenik, 30, was shot in the upper torso outside 6580 Lake Ave. around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to several neighbors and police radio transmissions. They said Fenik, who lives in the neighborhood, was talking to a man outside his home. Seconds later, they heard two shots.

“I came around the front of the house, and I heard someone moaning,” neighbor Todd Shoemaker said. “I found Jared in the driveway.”

Fenik called police on his phone to say he was shot, according to neighbors and police radio transmissions. Neighbors said he was covered in blood before being taken in an ambulance to EMH Elyria Medical Center.

“I heard him say, ‘I can’t believe they shot me,’ ” Gerhart said.

Rosie Fenik, a 66-year-old retired registered nurse from EMH, said her son does tool-and-die work with his brother, Dave Fenik, who lives a few houses away in the 6500 block of Lake Avenue. Dave Fenik accompanied his brother in the ambulance.

“Something bad happened,” Rosie Fenik said in a call to Rachel Shiltz, Jared Fenik’s girlfriend, alerting Shiltz of the shooting. A shaken Rosie Fenik and Shiltz later left for EMH.

Fenik later said her son was flown from EMH to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, where he was listed in critical condition Wednesday morning, according to Lt. Donald Barker of the sheriff’s office.

Lorain County Sheriff’s Office deputies taped off the house near where the shooting occurred, searched for shell casings and questioned neighbors after the shooting.

A police dog from the North Ridgeville Police Department was driven to the scene around 12:30 a.m.

The suspected shooter remained at large early Wednesday. He was described as a thin, light-skinned black man in his 20s wearing a gray sweater with yellow lettering.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.