Police search for suspected gunman

SANDUSKY Sandusky police scoured the city Sunday night, looking for a taxi driver wanted in connecti
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010

SANDUSKY

Sandusky police scoured the city Sunday night, looking for a taxi driver wanted in connection with a shooting at 433 Adams St.

Officers responded between 8-8:30 p.m. Sunday to 433 Adams St., where a Detroit man named Aaron was shot in the leg, according to witnesses.

The man called Sandusky police on his cell phone, according to Adams Street resident Tony Jones, 49, who lives across the street and responded to the scene.

"He was in a fog," Jones said about the victim, adding that he was unusually calm for having just been shot. "You could tell he was hurting -- the whole area on his pants was all blood."

Jones said the victim told him he was shot in an apartment.

Another witness who knew the victim but wouldn't divulge his last name said the victim was visiting the cab driver, who lived at the same address.

A crowd of 30-50 people came and left throughout the evening, standing across the street from the crime scene. Some were friends with the man the police were looking for, and some were concerned neighbors.

All of them were looking for answers, but Sandusky police couldn't provide all of them.

"They told me to stand here and watch the windows," said Officer Constante, who responded to the scene. "I don't know what's going on."

Sandusky police wouldn't comment on the incident Sunday night.

A group of 5-10 officers vacated the occupants of the other apartments in the building and, at about 8:49 p.m., they blocked off the area with crime scene tape.

They waited for authorization to enter the cab driver's apartment and for the building's maintenance man to arrive on scene with keys.

Another officer arrived at about 9:28 p.m. and entered the building with an assault rifle. The scene was cleared at about 9:52 p.m., with no one taken into custody.

Family members of the cab driver arrived on scene as officers were clearing people out.

The cab driver's mother said she came over after one of her other children said her son was in trouble. She said she's never known her son, whom she called Kelly, to own a gun, but he has been in trouble with the law before for alcohol-related offenses.

Rachel Hyovalti, 35, a neighbor and friend of Kelly, said he was supposed to be at work. But Sandusky City Taxi cab driver Joe Johnson said Kelly never reported for work Sunday.

"He's supposed to drive cab here tonight, but he ain't been here for the last three or four days," Johnson said.

Several witnesses and Adams Street residents such as Sabrina Davidson, 23, who lives two doors down from the crime scene, were fearful that a gun-wielding man could be roaming the streets.

"I'm from Norwalk," Davidson said, adding that she recently just bought her first home on Adams Street. "I'm not used to this. I've always seen it on T.V. in Toledo, but I never thought it would happen here."