Sandusky police respond to shooting

(UPDATED 2:50 p.m.) Area police are still looking for the suspect in a shooting Wednesday night at a car wash in the 500 block of Perkins Avenue. (Click here for 911 call)
Sandusky Register Staff
Jan 17, 2013

Sandusky police responded to a counseling center at Hayes Avenue and Pierce Street on Wednesday night for a shooting incident.

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One person was seen being loaded onto a stretcher and placed in an ambulance. Police are taping off a section of parking lot near a gray sedan parked near the center.

(Updated 6:56 p.m.) Police believe the initial shooting occurred in the 500 block of West Perkins Avenue and the victim somehow made it to Hayes Avenue and Pierce Street. The gray sedan is a Mercury Grand Marquis. Police removed a German shepherd from the vehicle.

The victim suffered multiple gunshot wounds, police say. His condition and identity remain unknown.

(Updated 7:25 p.m.) Police are looking for two suspects believed to be involved in the shooting, a woman, Katie Wilson, and an unidentified light-skinned black man who is the suspected shooter. They are driving a red Chevy Monte Carlo.

Police said the man is armed with a revolver and should be considered dangerous. 

Anyone who sees the vehicle or suspects should not approach them and should call 911 or Sandusky police (419-627-5863) immediately.

(Updated 7:38 p.m.) Police say the victim — still unidentified — suffered at minimum a gunshot wound to the chest. He is being transported by medical helicopter to a hospital in Toledo.

(Updated 7:46 p.m.) Police now say they're also searching for a black Cadillac that may be involved.

(Updated 8:09 p.m.) Police say the Grand Marquis belonged to the victim. Officers found evidence of a shot fired into the vehicle.

(Updated 8:51 p.m.) Police say the victim suffered three gunshot wounds, at least one to the chest. His condition is still unknown. Police believe the victim was shot while in a bay of the self-service car wash between Grant Street and West Perkins Avenue in the 500 block of Perkins Avenue behind the closed Big O's bar.

(Updated 12:20 a.m.) The shooting victim is Bartt Carruthers, 49, of Sandusky. He is at a Toledo hospital, but his medical condition is not immediately available. Police have also arrested Katie Wilson, 25, of Sandusky. She was arrested on a warrant, as were two other people — Theresa Purcell, 26, of Sandusky, and Desmond Scott, 43, of Sandusky. The suspected shooter remains at large, Sandusky police detectives said.

Wilson told police she does not know the shooter's identity. Detectives said the shooting is likely the result of a drug deal gone bad.     

(Updated 10:50 a.m.) Police said the suspected shooter has still not been captured. Officers are speaking with witnesses this morning to obtain additional information. Bartt Carruthers, who is at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, is alive but his condition remains unknown.

(Updated 2:51 p.m.) Police say the shooting victim, Bartt Carruthers, is recovering at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo. He has been stabilized and police investigators are on their way to the hospital to talk to him about Wednesday night's shooting.

Police are still looking for a red Monte Carlo in connection with the incident. Police say they have a "person of interest" and are actively looking for him, though they declined to provide more information about the person's identity.

Police are also interviewing Katie Wilson, who was arrested on unrelated warrants Wednesday night after the incident. Police say she has not provided information about the suspected shooter.

Pick up Thursday's Register for more on this story and check back for information as it becomes available.


yea right

Just wall in Sandusky. Like in that movie problem Solved


Escape from New York (1981)

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The tt

Or, as one SPD officer allegedly put it, just send a loaded-to-the-gills B-52 overhead, and let the good Lord sort out the resulting mess.


Boy do I have comments about this - like what goes around comes around. Best I keep my mouth shut. I learned my lesson the cold hard way! Got my act together & Took off running!



Good 2 B Me

Why does this have to be religious?

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The tt

How is making a plea to a higher power to protect those who protect us making this a religious issue? Nothing stated about the particular faith, or lack thereof, of any of the involved, or how religion (or lack thereof) could have prevented this. Sounds like you're desperate to find something to offend you.

Good 2 B Me

Yup. That's it! Glad that you understand me. Actually, you have no idea! :)

No, these people always take it their god/saviour or whatnot. So aggravating when I see this junk and the first thing someone does is go to God. God would have prevented it if they would have been praying just a couple hours earlier, right?

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"God would have prevented it if they would have been praying just a couple hours earlier, right?"

You're the first one to suggest it here, so clearly I'm not the one with the tenuous grip on reality (not to mention spelling, which by the way, is just as AGGRAVATING. Also, unless you're Canadian/British, it's "savior." You're welcome).

Good 2 B Me

Now I see who came to pick a fight! It was you! Ha Ha ha ha ha



Actually good 2 B me....stop while you're behind. There was no issue until you got involved!


Good 2 B Me

I think that a shooting was the issue! Then it became about religion! So, HA! I am not behind, but it sure seems that you are scrambling to come up with replies!


No, but it may have been prevented if these people would have valued human life. Something that religion does a good job of teaching. The value of life is not something that atheists spend much time on.

Dont Worry Be Happy

Patches I agree with you. God be with the men and women who go out every day to keep us safe.

Philo Consult

ELYRIA, Ohio, June 7 (UPI) -- Police in Ohio said they arrested a man praying in a church after he allegedly stole four packages of underwear from a store.
Elyria police said Marques Jeter, 24, took four packages of underwear from a Family Dollar store about 4:50 p.m. Sunday and struck the manager in the face after she asked to see his receipt, The (Lorain) Morning Journal reported Tuesday.
The police report said Jeter pushed two customers out of the way as he fled the store.
Officers said they spotted Jeter outside of the nearby United Church of Christ and arrested him while he was praying in an "unintelligible manner" in the basement of the facility.
Jeter was taken [away]

Gotta have the talking in tongues insanity! Any filthy mental scum-bag always claims God, always.


Actually the article I just read stated he was hiding in the church, not actually praying.


Was he trying on his holy underwear?


Yes..keep them safe.


katie wilson again!!!!T-R-O-U-B-L-E


I was just there home and wife said there was a shooting

my oh my

Yikes shot at least twice in the chest. Crazy stuff.....


Kiddie hour on PBS.


Is this one 25 yrs. old with a huge record from Norwalk (Kate Wilson).???


yep...that be her!!!


Glad she decided to bring her talents to the north beach. She'll fit in alot better in Sandusky.


Guess my volunteer days at Stein Hospice at the old Providence Hospital are over. Just not going to venturing into a war zone. I have no desire to die.


Shaking in our boots
Pretty safe, still we cower
Nation of cowards?

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Any word if this is related to major police action around 1800 block of Hancock St., near Brohl and Appel and the old Beer Barrel? Saw 3-4 squad cars there about an hour ago, lights going.


If I had to guess..I would guess that the pink/red house was raided for heroin..