ELYRIA — Police have charged a man they said was involved in a non-fatal triple shooting early Friday morning of three 19-year-old Elyria men.
Marco Mendoza, 21, of Elyria, faces charges of discharging a firearm at or near a prohibited premises, a first-degree felony, four counts of felonious assault, all second-degree felonies, and one count each of tampering with evidence and having weapons under disability, both third-degree felonies, according to the Elyria Police Department.
Mendoza was arrested less than 24 hours after the shooting that wounded Lamont Hines, Timothy Jackson and Curtis Mack as their vehicle backed out of a driveway shortly after midnight Thursday in the 1000 block of Barbara Street in Westway Gardens, off Infirmary Road on the city’s west side. A 17-year-old boy who was in the car with the men was not wounded.
Another vehicle pulled up behind them and at least one person opened fire on the four young men, who managed to drive the 2 miles to the emergency room at University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, according to Elyria police.
Elyria police recovered multiple spent shell casings as evidence, spokesman Capt. Chris Costantino said. He said Mendoza “admitted his involvement in the incident and was subsequently charged” with seven felonies.
“Detectives should be commended for their hard work in bringing this violent incident to a successful conclusion, quickly, before any further acts of violence could occur,” Costantino said.
Mendoza has multiple prior arrests in Lorain County on domestic violence, weapons possession, drug trafficking and possession charges, according to Sheriff’s Office booking records.
At the time the men were shot, both Mack and Jackson were free on bond, facing multiple felony charges in separate Lorain County Common Pleas Court cases. Mack faces charges of shooting and wounding a 27-year-old man following an argument over the filming of a rap video Oct. 6 in Wilkes Villa, according to Elyria police and Lorain County court records.
Mendoza is being held in Lorain County Jail. Bail information was not immediately available Monday.