Update 1:30 p.m.: Elyria Police have identified the shooting victim as Richard Tainter, 43, of Elyria. He was in good condition on Thursday afternoon at MetroHealth, according to a hospital spokesman.
ELYRIA — Two suspects remain at-large after a shooting at Circle K early Thursday.
A male clerk at Circle K, 515 N. Abbe Road, Elyria, was shot at 2:48 a.m., according to Elyria Police Capt. Chris Costantino.
The clerk told police that he went outside to smoke a cigarette and observed an unknown male approaching him brandishing a handgun, Costantino said. Another male stood nearby.
The clerk said he turned quickly in an attempt to re-enter the store and lock the door, but was met with resistance from the armed subject. The clerk told police a struggle took place near the front door, and during the struggle, the clerk was shot in the stomach, Costantino said.
The clerk was able to crawl back into the store and call police. The armed subject left the area on foot.
The clerk was taken to University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, and was later flown by medical helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was immediately taken into surgery. His condition is unknown.
The clerk’s identity will be released once the family has been notified.
The two suspects remained at large as of 9 a.m. Thursday. The suspect with the handgun was described as a white male or light-skinned black male, about 5-foot-8 with a slender build wearing a gray sweat jacket, light colored pants and a white mask over his face. The clerk told police he was silent during the confrontation. The second subject was described as a 6-foot white male with a thin build wearing a red hoodie.