ELYRIA — Police arrested two Lorain men after gunshots rang out about 4:23 p.m. Monday at Garden Street and Infirmary Road.
According to Elyria police, Thorpe and Beane were the only two people in the Magnum, and they believe three people were in the Suburban. They are still looking for the three, as well as the car they were driving.
The incident began near Westway Garden Apartments on Infirmary Road. Police dispatch received a call stating someone heard gunshots. As police were driving to the apartment complex, they were told the Magnum was leaving.
Witnesses said they saw the vehicle traveling down Garden Street, with one man sitting halfway out of the passenger’s side window shooting at the Suburban.
Officers tried to stop the vehicle near Lorain Boulevard and Louisiana Avenue, but police said the driver didn’t pull over.
Near state Route 57 and Louisiana Avenue, the car stopped, and the passenger, identified by witnesses as Beane, began to run through backyards of homes on Louisiana Avenue.
Thorpe, who was driving, stayed in the car and was arrested by officers, police said.
Officers found Beane a few blocks down Louisiana Avenue, still on foot.
Police said the area is highly populated, and many people were outside when the shots were fired.
“It’s beyond comprehension how they could just randomly fire at each other in a populated area without any consideration for people in the area,” said Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino.
Police suspect Beane may have dropped the weapon he was using as he fled. A casing was found in a driveway on the 1000 block of Barbara Street.
The red Dodge Magnum had bullet holes in it when police found it.
Beane was charged with obstructing official business and having weapons under disability. Thorpe was charged with obstructing official business. Costantino said more charges are possible for both men.
Police said they are not sure why the altercation began and said Thorpe and Beane have not cooperated in revealing the identities of other parties involved or why the incident happened.