November 25, 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.


  • Mark B

    The description sounds like the same guy Elyria and the Marshals are looking for that was involved in shootings last week.

    • Really?

      How convenient.

  • BA

    African American gun violence?? That doesn’t sound like the black people I know.

    • hottamomma

      it wasnt black on black

  • Guest

    What do we have to do to get a police god back in Elyria and north Olmsted?

    • WTFnext

      Hahaha. A police “god”. A little dyslexia going on?? I think you mean police “dog”. Spell checking is really easy.

  • Branden

    if its not black on black crime its black on white

    • Heath J

      But then it’s OK.

      White on Black crime, otoh, is obviously hate crime. ( Which makes attempted murder more-badder, or something, since it’s against a protected minority)

      • Really?

        What’s not ok is your lack of education. More badder? Wow….smh

    • Really?

      Or white crime with a black scapegoat. How many crimes has a white person erroneously put on a black person this year? At least 3 in this city alone. And this one sounds like another….

    • hottamomma

      many years ago before we were here it was always white on black crime and i guess they are just paying us back! smarty pants, lol lol

  • Branden

    what do we have to do to get a police dog back in Elyria? and north Olmsted?

  • Dawn Douglass-Nagy

    I hope Jared is ok. Many prayers for this family. Please leave the racial comments off here. A man has been shot, the color of who shot him is not relevant. I went to school with many of the Fenik’s, including David. They are a good family, and do not need this crime turned into something that is doesn’t need to be. Say a few prayers, Jared is a part of a family, and they are obviously hurting right now.