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3 Lorain homes struck in drive-bys over weekend; 1 man injured

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LORAIN — Police responded to three shootings late Saturday and early Sunday.

The string of calls started shortly before midnight Saturday, when one man was injured after a drive-by shooting in the 300 block of West Ninth Street.

According to police, a 47-year-old man was shot in the leg while sitting in a chair in front of a window in his bedroom. He reportedly heard two shots and felt a pain in his lower leg, then jumped to the floor and heard several more shots.

A woman who lives with him was in the bedroom on the couch when the house was shot. She also got down on the floor and tried to help him after he was shot. The woman’s 17-year-old son, who lives two houses down, told police he heard the shots and saw a black sedan in front of his mother’s house and several shots were fired out of the vehicle. He said the car took off east on West Ninth Street, but he lost sight of it.

Police found eight bullet holes in the front exterior of the house and two in the interior, as well as four .40-caliber Smith and Wesson casings outside the house. There are no suspects at this time, according to the report.

The second shooting was shortly before 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the 1700 block of West 32nd Street, where another house was shot. A woman who lives there told police she and her family were asleep when they were awoken by the drive-by shooting. A 22-year-old woman was asleep on a couch with her small child when the shooting happened, and several rounds were just feet away from hitting the pair, according to police. No one in the home was injured.

According to the residents, there were no suspicious vehicles or suspects in the area, but they do have an ongoing dispute with someone that has resulted in several fights since January.

Police found six 9 mm Hornady casings in front of the house.

Later that night, police conducted a traffic stop with the person the family has had the disputes with, but no charges were filed.

The third drive-by happened about an hour later in the 900 block of West 18th Street.

Residents were asleep in their bedroom when they were awoken by gunfire. The woman told police she heard what sounded like two shots and a “bunch of small things hitting the house.” In the front room of the home, there were bullet holes through both panes of a window and into the living room wall. At the time of the shooting, three children — ages 15, 10 and 6 — were asleep in the living room. No one was injured.

Police found two .45-caliber shell casings in the road in front of the home.

There are no suspects listed at this time.

Contact Carissa Woytach at 329-7245 or cwoytach@chroniclet.com.
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