Grant Avenue slaying report may be ready by midweek

PERKINS TWP. Perkins Township police detectives say a report on a Grant Avenue shooting may not be ready until Tuesday or Wed
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

PERKINS TWP.

Perkins Township police detectives say a report on a Grant Avenue shooting may not be ready until Tuesday or Wednesday next week.

There are still several people who need to be interviewed, according to Det. Al Jenkins. After all narratives are typed up, the report must be read and approved by Chief Tim McClung before being released.

Andrew D. Johnson, 59, 3600 block of Grant Ave., was charged with murder and felonious assault for allegedly shooting his next-door neighbor Gerald B. Gilliam.

Investigators believe a .38-caliber pistol was used by Johnson, whom police found at the scene with the weapon in his hand at 9:02 p.m. Saturday. An officer found Gilliam lying in the yard with a single gunshot wound to his midsection.

Gilliam was taken to Firelands Regional Medical Center and died a few hours later.

McClung said racial slurs might have been exchanged between the two men, although not necessarily directed at one another. Alcohol is also a likely factor in the shooting, he said.

Johnson has entered a not guilty plea in Sandusky Municipal Court to charges of murder and felonious assault. A preliminary hearing is set for 11 a.m. July 20.