November 23, 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.


  • MrRespect

    So remember, if you don’t want your name revealed in the newspaper, let them know it’s for safety reasons!

  • allenrobinson6135

    nixce

  • Pablo Jones

    Sounds like a drug deal gone bad. Good thing the people that attended Roverfest don’t read the paper or they would be panicking at how close they came to being shot.

    • Rebecca Baker

      It is so obvious that this lady is covering up being shot by a family member or close friend. Just a mistake like all the others. Mindless idiots with guns who have no clue how to use them. .I have no problem with the responsible people who own guns, But this is another instance of someone who should not own a gun. I am also glad that Roverfest was a success as this county needs the money.

  • fun man

    sell bullet proof vest from home great way to make extra $$$

    • Pablo Jones

      Can’t afford a full vest buy a bullet proof sleeve.

      • Rebecca Baker

        Better yet take the gun away from the mindless idiot who shot her. It was either an accident or that fool is a dam poor shot. They need to either learn gun safety or how to use a site. There is a little more to a gun then point and fire.

    • Rebecca Baker

      Before you go into business know that the vests have a limited shelf life.

  • rlm_Lorain

    Not buying this story at all. Who the heck gets shot, goes home, then goes to the ER? I get shot and I will be on the phone with 9-1-1 ASAP! If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, yada, yada, yada.

  • Joe Smith

    Could have been a pellet gun since no shots were heard and assuming what is above is true.

  • Jamie Smith

    Something smells ……..FISHY . There is no way this is a stray bullet ‘thing’. The lady was sitting in a car across the street from where the son had gone to talk to a friend ? I’m happy she wasn’t seriously hurt during this “Mysterious” shooting .

  • Arietta Sullivan

    good luck with this investigation..sounds like a scratch off with no proof of anything. the crime scene was even cleaned up pretty good.Houdini was in&out lol

  • Bob

    I am waiting for one of the Roverfest nay sayers to blame it on Roverefest. LOL

  • Otter

    I don’t know why I don’t believe the “victims” story…16 year old heard a whooshing sound, 6 seconds later, another one, and the driver is shot in the elbow? No slugs, no shell casings, no one heard any gun shots? Did she learn nothing from Nixon, and Clinton…it’s not the crime, it’s the cover up that gets you.

    • Simon Jester

      Bullets don’t “whoosh”.

    • Bob

      The shot came from the past. It’s the magic bullet for the JFK shooting.

  • Simon Jester

    Having had bullets fly over my head more times than I can count, I can safely say she’s full of S***. Bullets don’t go woosh.

    She’d lying, but good on her for not wasting Lifecares’ time with an ambulance ride.

  • guest

    i really don’t get why this is in the paper,im confused.nothing makes sense.

  • me101

    Hmmm. If the son was visiting a friend across the street, why didn’t she park over there? If I was shot, I wouldn’t go home and then to the ER. Damn you Obama and Roverfest! Just kidding….

  • Piltdown_Man

    Hoax.

  • http://vocsystems.com MacdaddyOH

    But have you paid your taxes?