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Shooting, wreck in Avon

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    An Avon police officer looks at a bullet hole in the back of a Buick involved in a shooting and crash that ran a couple miles across Avon on Thursday morning. Bruce Bishop / Chronicle



Jodi Weinberger

The Chronicle-Telegram

AVON — One man was in custody Thursday after a shooting in the parking lot of Technifab ended in a car crash on Colorado Avenue.

About 8:30 a.m. Thursday, police were called to Chester Road Industrial Parkway for reports of shots fired in the parking lot of Technifab, a company that supplies products for Boeing.

At the same time, calls about a car crash at the intersection of Colorado and Carleen avenues began flooding the Avon Police Department.

Officers responded to both areas and investigators quickly determined that the two events were related.

Police determined that Kevin Fenderson, 37, of Elyria, drove away from Technifab after police say he allegedly was shot in the back by Joshua Avalos, 28, of Lorain.

Police said Avalos pursued Fenderson to Colorado Avenue, where both cars crashed.

One car came to rest in the middle of the intersection while the other car went head first into the tree line next to gazebo on Colorado Avenue.

Gusts of winds carried debris from the wreckage to the surrounding area. Cars were being rerouted around the intersection.

Parents picking up their children from nearby Avon Montessori Academy after a morning preschool session said the road had been closed when they first dropped the kids off. Many had to take different routes to the school and one parent walked to pick up her child.

Avalos was taken into custody at the scene and driven to University Hospitals St. John Medical Center in Westlake, where he was treated for minor injuries before being taken to Lorain County Jail, police said.

A mugshot for Avalos shows a cut across his cheek and wounds on his head and ear, which police said he sustained in the car crash.

Fenderson was released from MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland after undergoing surgery for a single gunshot wound to his back.

Avalos was charged with aggravated felonious assault and vehicular assault. He is due in Avon Lake Municipal Court at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Jim Drozdowski, Avon police public information officer, said the investigation is ongoing and additional charges may be brought against Avalos. No other information, including a motive, is available at this time.

About a quarter-mile of Colorado Avenue between Northgate Park and Harvest Avenue was closed for several hours while police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation evaluated the scene.

Contact Jodi Weinberger at 329-7245 or jweinberger@chroniclet.com.

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