December 22, 2014

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Teen shot in Lorain; suspect in custody

Police search for evidence on West 12th Street near Hamilton Avenue after a shooting on Friday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

Police search for evidence on West 12th Street near Hamilton Avenue after a shooting on Friday. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

LORAIN — One teenager is being treated for a gunshot wound and another has been arrested after a shooting in Lorain on Friday.

A 16-year-old boy was charged with felonious assault on Friday afternoon after police said he shot a man in the hip about 3 p.m. in the 1100 block of West 12th Street on Friday.

According to witness Francis Wilsey II, the 16-year-old was walking east on West 12th Street after talking to a group of teenagers in a car at West 12th Street and Oberlin Avenue.

“I didn’t see he had a gun at first,” Wilsey said, adding that the boy went to the corner of West 12th Street and Hamilton Avenue and was carrying the gun.

The people he had been talking to drove up next to the boy at the corner, and a few men got out of the car, Wilsey said.

Wilsey said the 16-year-old took out a gun and shot at the men, hitting one in the side.
He then turned and ran back to the corner of West 12th Street and Oberlin Avenue where he fired a few more shots, according to Wilsey, who said the shots sounded like “popping,”

“I thought it was an air gun,” Wilsey said.

According to LifeCare Vice President Herb de la Porte, the victim was 18 years old.

The victim was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland with non-life threatening injuries, police said.

When they arrived, police took the 16-year-old into custody and searched the area with police dogs. They found a firearm and at least two bullet casings, police said.

Police didn’t release the name of the victim Friday.

The 16-year-old was being questioned Friday evening and police said he would be taken to the Lorain County Juvenile Detention Center.

Contact Anna Merriman at 329-7245 or amerriman@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter at @AnnaLMerriman.