Gunfire tore through a typically quiet Madison Street neighborhood about 11:35 p.m. Monday night, with at least two bullets striking a family’s home.
After the smoke cleared, officers showed up and plucked two rounds from the yellow siding on a house in the 600 block of E. Madison St.
About 25 minutes later, a motorist pulled into the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s post across town and begged troopers to help him.
Derek Jackson, 41, of Cleveland, steered his rickety red Chevy pickup into the parking lot outside the Patrol’s Fremont Avenue building at about midnight, troopers said.
His pickup had a flat tire — it had been shot out.
Sandusky police arrived and found a handgun in Jackson’s pickup, so they arrested him and charged with him carrying a concealed weapon. Jackson bonded out of the Erie County jail at about 12:30 p.m. Tuesday.
It’s likely at least one of eight shell casings officers recovered from the Madison Street shooting came from Jackson’s gun, Sandusky police Lt. John Orzech said.
Police refused to specify the caliber of weapons involved.
It appears Jackson was shooting in self-defense, Orzech said.
“From what we have right now, it looks like he was the victim of an attempted burglary,” Orzech said. “It looks like the other two men lured him to that spot. That means our suspects are probably familiar with the area.”
At about 11:35 p.m., Madison Street residents reported hearing 10 to 15 gunshots. Janet Hudson and her son, Mark Hudson, live in the home that was struck by two bullets. The bullets lodged into the west side of their home, just above a first-floor window.
The Hudsons were sleeping in upstairs bedrooms at the time.
“I thought it was firecrackers, but then I saw the police lights,” said Mark, who only recently began living at home after a lengthy hospital stay.
Nights in his neighborhood weren’t always so bad, Mark said, but these days there are drug dealers.
“I’m not scared here most of the time,” Mark said. “You know what’s going on out there. You just try to stay focused on the daily routine.”
The Madison Street area hasn’t been afflicted with much gun violence in recent years, although in the last few weeks incidents have gotten out of control, residents said.
On Jan. 4, Ike Harvey was walking near Meigs and Madison streets when a man jumped out of a car and came at him with a knife, a police report said.
“I got you now mother (expletive),” the assailant said as he slashed a 4-inch gash in Harvey’s forearm, according to the report. No one has been arrested in that attack.
Lacy Davis, who lives next to the Hudsons, said vandals slashed he vehicle’s tires Saturday.
There’s no evidence the spate of crimes are linked, police said.
But that’s little solace to residents.
“I don’t understand what’s going on,” Davis said. “First we get our tires slashed, and now people are shooting at each other next door?”
“I’ve been here for 25 years,” she said. “But we’re not going to risk our lives to stay.”
Read more about the shooting incident and residents' reactions in Wednesday's Register.
To listen to a 911 call made after the shooting, click here.