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Man shot overnight at Elyria hotel


ELYRIA – Police are investigating a shooting overnight at the Super 8 hotel.

Officers received a report at 2:06 a.m. Thursday of shots fired in the 300 block of Bell Avenue, according to police Capt. Chris Costantino. While responding, officers received a report that an individual had been shot nearby at the Super 8, 910 Lorain Blvd.

The caller told police that four black males were pounding on the lobby door of the hotel and saying someone had been shot, Costantino said.

Police responded and found Rodric Beard, 20, of Lorain, bleeding from the head in the lobby, Costantino said. Beard, who was shot near the bottom of his right ear, was transported to EMH Elyria Medical Center, and later flown by medical helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Beard was listed in good condition at MetroHealth on Thursday morning.

Police interviewed the other three males, who said they were parked in a rental Ford Escape in the back western corner of the hotel’s parking lot. The males were sitting in the vehicle talking to female friends in another vehicle when an unknown vehicle – possibly a purple-colored four-door Dodge – pulled up, according to Costantino. They said suspects got out of the vehicle and shots were fired. Costantino said it is unknown at this time if there was more than one shooter.

Beard was sitting in the passenger seat of the Ford Escape, Costantino said. The passenger side of the vehicle sustained bullet damage, and the windows on that side were shot out.

None of the vehicle’s other occupants were injured.

The incident is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call the Elyria Police Department.

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