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Lorain police investigating apparent shooting at club

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ELYRIA — Lorain police are investigating an apparent shooting last week at a motorcycle club on Reid Avenue.

According to a search warrant granted by Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Rothgery, police say the shooting occurred about 3:30 a.m. Jan. 4 at 1404 Reid Ave., which is believe to the clubhouse of the Disturbin’ da Streets motorcycle club.

The club is headed by Thomas “Big Steve” Clark, who is serving a nine-year sentence for attempted murder and other charges stemming from a 2011 incident in Lorain.

The search warrant authorized the seizure of firearms, firearm accessories, surveillance recording devices, cameras, monitors and other electronic devices used to monitor and document activity on the property, and also any records or documents that would identify those using or occupying the property.

On Jan. 4, police were dispatched to the address for several calls of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers saw multiple cars leaving the area, one refusing to stop when officers attempted to pull it over, according to the warrant.

Police found bullet casings in the street on the east side of the property along with two blood trails leading to or from a door of the building at the address. While investigating the scene, police were dispatched to Mercy Regional Medical Center for a call of a gunshot wound victim, Dale Curry.

While officers were trying to get information from Curry, a report of a man who’d been shot in the chest on West 13th Street and Reid Avenue was received, according to the warrant. That was one block north of the clubhouse on Reid Avenue and was in the direction of one of the blood trails leading from the property.

Police were able to get in contact with the key holder of 1404 Reid Ave. — Crystal Pool, who is the girlfriend of Clark, according to the warrant — who allowed officers access to a portion of the building to check for casualties. Officers were unable to find any gunshot victims.

When police saw a DVD/DVR device in the downstairs portion of the building, they asked for Pool’s consent to search the downstairs area for evidence related to the shooting, which she declined.

A detective with Lorain police searched social media and found multiple posts on Curry’s Facebook page advertising a New Year’s Eve after-party at the Reid Avenue location and subsequent posts stating “Clubhouse is Open,” from Dec. 31 to Jan. 3, according to the warrant.

Police believe there may be video footage of the Jan. 4 incident on the building’s security system, the warrant said.

During Clark’s trial in 2013, the prosecution used recordings from Clark’s security system in which he talked about the attempted killing as evidence. Clark had told police, “My own camera’s got me.”

Contact Scott Mahoney at 329-7146 or smahoney@chroniclet.com. Follow him on Twitter @SMahoneyCT.

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