December 21, 2014

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Woman shot in elbow at Lorain gas station

LORAIN — A driver shot in the left arm Friday while parked at a gas station believes she was the victim of a freak accident or random attack.

“I don’t have any enemies,” the woman said Tuesday. “I’m a quiet person. I (keep) to myself.”

The 37-year-old Lorain woman, who asked not to be identified due to safety concerns, said doctors told her she is expected to fully recover. A cell phone photo shown to The Chronicle-Telegram shows where the bullet went in and out of the woman’s arm. The wound appears to be from a small-caliber gun, possibly a .22.

The woman said in police Officer Zachary Iannantuono’s report that she was shot while parked at Don’s Sunoco, 3003 Colorado Ave., between Euclid and Pennsylvania avenues about 3 p.m. Friday. Iannantuono wrote that the car was pointed west in the parking lot.

The woman said she had the driver’s side window rolled down and her elbow was resting on the door with her head resting on her hand. She was waiting for her 16-year-old son, who told The Chronicle he had left the car about five minutes before the shooting to talk with a friend who lives across the street.

The 16-year-old girlfriend of the woman’s son said she was in the passenger seat when the shooting occurred. The girl said about six seconds before the woman was hit, she heard a strange whooshing sound that she thinks may have been a bullet whizzing by. The girl heard the sound again just before the woman was shot.

“We were so scared, we just drove off,” the girl said. “I was panicking.”

After stopping at her home, the woman was driven to an Avon hospital by her brother, Iannantuono wrote. In comparing where the woman was seated and the angle of her wound, Iannantuono calculated the shooter fired somewhere in the 3100 to 3300 block of Colorado Avenue or near Pennsylvania Avenue. He said there were no calls reporting gunshots being fired in the area, and the witnesses he interviewed said they hadn’t heard shots.

No slugs or shell casings were recovered and there is no gas station surveillance video, Detective Sgt. Buddy Sivert said Tuesday. The lack of evidence and unusual circumstances have complicated the investigation.

“It’s a little strange,” he said.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 oregoodenow@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter at @egoodenowct.