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Car struck by gunfire on Ford Road


ELYRIA — For the second time in a week, Elyria police are investigating after gunshots struck a car driving on the city’s north side.

This time, a 26-year-old man told officers that gunmen in a white SUV followed him as he drove to pick up his girlfriend at her workplace on West River Road North and opened fire as he turned onto Ford Road from Midway Boulevard.

Bullets shattered the rear window of the victim’s vehicle, flattened a rear tire and put a hole in one of the rear turn signals, Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said. One bullet also lodged in the center rear headrest of the back seat of the man’s vehicle, he said.

No injuries were reported and the shooters’ vehicle was gone when police arrived.

Officers met the motorist in the parking lot of the Golden Corral just after 10 p.m. Sunday night, where he told them about the shooting and they saw the damage to his vehicle.

Costantino said the victim told officers he first noticed someone appeared to be following him as he drove past a gas station on Lake Avenue.

The vehicle still appeared to be following as the victim turned onto Ford Road from Midway Boulevard, Costantino said. That’s when the “occupant or occupants” fired multiple rounds at the victim’s vehicle.

Officers recovered a .40-caliber shell casing on Midway Boulevard west of Ford Road and a 9mm bullet from the car, leading them to believe there were two shooters in the white SUV, Costantino said.

The victim “was not overly cooperative with officers,” Costantino said, and told them “he had no idea who might have been responsible” for the shooting,

Costantino urged anyone any information on the shooting or suspects to call Elyria police at (440) 323-3302.

He said Sunday’s shooting is not related to a separate March 7 incident on Interstate 90 in the city, in which a Lorain man reported that someone shot the passenger-side door of his Honda as he drove home from work that afternoon.

Officers also recovered a bullet in that incident, Costantino said.

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’ Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.

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