February 6, 2016

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911 tapes released in Fenik shooting, suspect still at large

ELYRIA TWP. — Gunshot victim Jared Fenik remained critically wounded and his shooter remained at large Thursday night.

Detective Sgt. Josh Croston of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday that police have no motive or suspect but continue to pursue leads.

Jared Fenik

Jared Fenik

“The right one just hasn’t come across yet,” he said.

Fenik was shot in his arm and jaw around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday outside a home at 6580 Lake Ave., near his own home, according to neighbors and relatives. Fenik had been speaking to a man who had asked him for a ride and was acting strangely.

Fenik refused and called the Sheriff’s Office and then followed the man, who had run away. Fenik was then shot and called 911.

“I’ve been shot,” said Fenik, who struggled to breathe as he spoke.

“It’s amazing how quickly life changes,” his brother David Fenik said in this story. “One day we were working, the next he’s lying in a hospital bed hooked up to breathing tubes.”

On the recording, released Thursday to The Chronicle-Telegram, a neighbor then tells a 911 dispatcher that Fenik was found in a driveway and is bleeding profusely.

“Come on, breathe, Jared,” the man said. “You’re going to be OK. Breathe.” 

Fenik, a 30-year-old tool-and-die maker, is being treated at MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.  The suspected shooter is described as a thin, light-skinned black man in his 20s wearing a white hooded sweatshirt with an orange stripe.


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