The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH)

Police investigat­ing ‘drug deal gone bad’

Victim shot in stomach, flown by helicopter

- By Kevin Martin kmartin@morningjou­rnal. com

A search warrant filed Sept. 30 in Lorain County Common Pleas Court, reveals additional details on the investigat­ion into a June 4 shooting in Avon Lake stemming from what police say was a “drug deal gone bad.”

According to an affidavit filed June 4 with the court, at 12:44 p.m., a 33-year-old man suffered a gunshot wound to the stomach following an attempted drug transactio­n on Lake Road “possibly west of the smoke stacks” on Lake Road.

A follow-up investigat­ion revealed the shooting actually took place at a condominiu­m on Moore Road between Walker Road and Electric Boulevard.

A 34-year-old man who dropped off the victim at a hospital, told Avon Lake police the victim set up the drug deal with two other males between ages 20 and 24, and was robbed at gunpoint, according to the affidavit.

The man who dropped off the victim was held on the ground with a gun to his head, and he could hear the victim struggling before the gunshot followed by a scream, the affidavit says.

The suspected shooter, a Black male, allegedly made the comment, “burns … don’t it” after the shooting.

The victim was transporte­d by helicopter from UH Avon Health Center to MetroHealt­h Medical Center in Cleveland.

Interviewe­d by detectives, the shooting victim told investigat­ors he and a friend were attempting to purchase an ounce of marijuana before going golfing, and could not recall physical descriptio­ns of the assailants or the location.

The 34-year-old man identified the suspect and told police on June 8 the drug deal was arranged over SnapChat messenger and the suspect was coming in from Philadelph­ia.

A forensic extraction of his phone identified the number used to setup the transactio­n was a Philadelph­ia number.

In collaborat­ion with the Philadelph­ia Police Department’s Detective Bureau, the suspect again was identified in a photo lineup after investigat­ors obtained a copy of his driver’s license photo.

Reached by police, the Philadelph­ia man denied any involvemen­t in the shooting.

The search warrant seeks the review of cellphone data for the suspect, court records show.

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