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Early morning shootout in Elyria


ELYRIA – Police are investigating a gun battle on Melvyn Lane early this morning in which multiple shots were exchanged between people inside a home and an SUV in the neighborhood.

Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino said dispatch began receiving calls at 3:21 a.m. this morning. Officers arrived at 1123 Melvyn Lane to find approximately 30 shell casings on the ground.

The shots came from a black SUV that pulled up to 1123 Melvyn Lane. The residents in the home then returned fire, police said.

The vehicle was gone when police arrived, but three people at that home were arrested for unrelated charges during the investigation.

The homeowner of 1123 Melvyn Lane, Raven Kimbro, 21, was arrested and charged with drug abuse and manufacturing drugs after a search of the home by police netted a fork, spoon and measuring cup with cocaine residue.

Two others who were hiding in the home – Taquila Blue, 22, and Cornell Shumate, 20 – were arrested and charged with obstructing official business.

Costantino said all three were uncooperative during the investigation and denied being involved in the shooting.

A box of bullets and a revolver with four spent rounds was found in the home, and police are performing gunshot residue tests on the three suspects to determine if any of them had shot the gun.

Anyone with information on the shooting is asked to contact Elyria police at (440) 323-3302.

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