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UPDATED: Sandusky man shot in head

Sandusky Register Staff • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:38 PM

A Sandusky man was shot in the head Monday morning at his Eddy Henry Way home, according to Sandusky police.

Despite the odds, Lee Donald, 34, is alive and talking at Firelands Regional Medical Center.

He was inside his home in the 1900 block of Eddy Henry Way when at about 4 a.m. he suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, police said. Detectives are scrambling to whittle down the list of possible suspects, but as of Monday evening they had yet to make an arrest.

Emergency dispatchers received an exceptionally calm 911 call from a woman at about 4:10 a.m.

“I’m right here ... what’s the address?” the woman is heard saying to someone with her during the recorded 911 call. When the dispatcher asks her to explain the emergency, the woman replies, “Um, someone got shot.”

The call was then disconnected. The county’s dispatching system, which pinpoints the location of calls made to 911, traced the call to the home where Donald was shot.    At about the same time, officers received a call from Firelands Regional Medical Center, alerting them to a shooting victim in the emergency room, Sandusky police Detective Gary Wichman said.

Hospital surveillance footage showed a dark SUV drop off Donald. Officers held a woman in custody Monday afternoon and searched her vehicle, as it matched the description of the SUV at the hospital, but she was released later in the day.

Her vehicle is not the one police are searching for, Wichman said. Detectives are still trying to find the person who dropped Donald off at the hospital.

Donald later told detectives he has no idea who shot him, Wichman said. He told police he was sitting in his living room watching television when he heard someone pounding on his door. He said he opened the door, but he remembers nothing beyond that.

Monday morning, detectives placed police tape around the home and processed the scene for several hours.

The main door had an apparent bullet hole in it, and officers found a handgun shell casing inside the house.

Officers also seized trace amounts of marijuana from the home, Wichman said.

Donald is a registered sex offender who has been charged with numerous crimes over the past 15 years, including rape, assault, trespassing, theft, menacing, disorderly conduct and various drug and traffic offenses, according to court documents. In September 2010, he was the victim of an apparent knife fight outside a Perkins Avenue bar.

At the time, he told police he had no idea who assaulted him, according to a past Register article.

At about 11 a.m. Monday, meanwhile, a group of Donald’s friends and relatives showed up at the hospital with plans to visit him, police said. Officers asked the group to leave, and they arrested Rayshawn Grant, 35, of the 1000 block of W. Washington St., charging him with disorderly conduct and obstruction.

Police have not speculated on a motive for the shooting, although Donald’s friends said they suspect it was related to an argument involving a woman.


A Sandusky man was shot once in the head at about 4 a.m. Monday inside his home on Eddy Henry Way, police said.

Lee Donald, 34, of the 1900 block of Eddy Henry Way, remains in the intensive care unit at Firelands Regional Medical Center. He was conscious and answering detectives' questions when they spoke to him at the hospital shortly after the incident, Sandusky police Detective Gary Wichman said.

Police are still gathering details and tracking down possible leads on suspects.

Wichman said a handgun was likely used in the assault, given the nature of Donald's wound.

Police were also called to the hospital later Monday morning when up to 15 people showed up, intending to visit Donald in the intensive care unit. One person was arrested at the hospital: Rayshaun Grant, 35, of Sandusky, was charged with disorderly conduct, police said.

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