UPDATED: Sandusky man shot in head

Suspect still at large.
Sandusky Register Staff
Sep 24, 2013

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.



Or in your case a dozen ignorant racist rants.


So the man's in intensive care and 15 people want to march in for a visit. One is arrested for disorderly conduct.

Maybe 15 people need to be reviewed for possible brain injury or just stupidity.

But, then again, what do you expect with a person with his criminal record.

Licorice Schtick

"...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..."

"a group of Donald’s friends and relatives showed up at the hospital..."

He has FRIENDS? Oh, yeah, must be his Bible study class...


Just the highlights of Mr. Donald's criminal history.

(4) Assults
(7) drug abuse
(3) OVI
disorderly conduct
fleeing & eluding an officer
obstruction of justice
intimidating a witness
child endangering
failure to register as a sex offender
aggressive trespassing
criminal damaging
preparing drugs for sale

A fine outstanding citizen of the proud city of Sandusky.


Tell us what it is that you do for the community at all that makes YOU special enough to judge this man based on his past? That is the problem with people, it's judge first, show compassion second, or not at all. It simply does not matter what someone has done in their past, and furthermore, UNLESS he was doing something wrong to someone at the time of him being shot, then there is no justification for it.


Ms. Psych,

With that history I'd pretty much guarantee that he was up to no good at 4am.


The article says he was AT HOME! So, again, what is the justification of it being ok that he was shot, just because he has a criminal record? You have no valid point as to what his criminal past has to do with why he was shot AT HOME. Like I said, if he was out robbing someone, or on the street corner selling dope, and got shot, then ok he would have been wrong and for one reason or another him being shot may be justified - however he was shot in his own home. Oh, and are you saying that anyone who is up (especially at home) at 4 a.m MUST be doing something illegal? Hmmm....I beg to differ! That's the problem with people who ASSume, you and no one else knows why he was up nor what he was doing. Maybe he had just gotten off of work, maybe he was up getting ready to go to work, maybe someone was attempting to rob him - we don't know and all the details may not have been put into this article. But don't assume that just because someone has a criminal past, that they are always up to no good - that is the problem with society, people make plenty of mistakes and bad choices, sometimes over and over again, yet judgmental folks don't ever let a person live that down - but rather you all post a person's criminal record on here - as a means of trying to make the person look bad, and to justify it being alright that something bad happened to this person. Like I said, what skeletons are in your closet that you don't want anyone to know about? OH....none right? Cause you (and any other judgmental person) is so perfect, right? You people are hilarious!


Christ,you are stupid.


Ms.psych101, Most commentators on here Probably do not have the history as this man does which does allow them to judge quite well, They obviously have better judgement than the guy who got shot as you can see plainly by his past record of bad choices and failed judgements. You are throwing your lot in with a criminal it seems waiting for sympathy from a public who is sick of treating the criminals as victims when they get hurt or arrested. I look at your post and realize you may have a touch of stockholm syndrome on a societal scale, Where you actually feel entrapped by this society and its bad elements to the point where you empathize with them. You may need therapy to realize these feelings are not healthy, But I am sure with a name like Psych101 you already know this.


Hmmm...so it's OK for you to ASSume that the person who posted this guy's criminal record had racist intentions? Step down off of your soap box before you fall off.


Must be one of your babies daddy...


Fortunately, I am a 32 year old grown woman, who provides for myself and who doesn't have and REFUSES to have any "babies daddies"! I was raised right, meaning I was raised to not just haphazardly have children out of wedlock - what about yourself?

Brick Hamland

He was probably just getting dressed for work, 5 am shift no doubt...


Yea, it's possible. I work an 8am shift (1st shift) yet set my alarm to get up at 5am just so that I can be up, dressed and motivated and ready to leave out the door at a decent time. There ARE people who do that type of thing.

Darwin's choice

"There are people who do that type of thing"

Correct! However, lee donald ISN'T one of them !!!!


Past??? From one quick look at his record I'm sorry I don't call that a past. I call it the past, the present, and more then likely the FUTURE! Come on lady this is not a past. It's very clear this man doesn't give to hoots about anything period!!!! And you want to ask someone not to judge him. Give me a break!


Me thinks you flunked all your psych 101 classes.


Maybe it was psycho 101?


@starryeyes83 yes, you're absolutely correct I "flunked". But, then again, I wonder how I managed to get my degree? Your ignorance shows through quite well, simply because how does a discussion concerning this article turn into a personal attack on my education? Stick to the discussion, and stop showing your lack of intelligence.


Please stop flaunting your degree. You are making the rest of us with psychology degrees look bad.


So intelligent that you don't recognize good old fashioned sarcasm when you read it?



starryeyes83, maybe MsPsych101 needs the obligatory eye roll in order to get the sarcasm...*eye roll*

Darwin's choice

What's your degree in, burning toast?


Ms. Psych....Aren't you judging everyone on here with YOUR comments about assumptions? You have no idea but what you assume people are thinking without really KNOWING what people are thinking which is unfair to those making comments. You do not know what this man was doing at the time of the shooting any more than anyone else unless you were there either, nor do you know why he was shot either. So why be so caustic to everyone. You are what you do or did unless you have make great changes in your recent actions. Do you know for a fact this man has? If so, please tell us all what changes this man has made.


I stand by what I said, and will continue to do so, simply because 9 times out of 10 it is a fact that SOMEONE on these blogs ALWAYS feels the need to post someone's criminal background, and for what? AND 9 times out of 10, the person whose criminal background is posted ALWAYS seems to be Black, yet no one ever seems to post up a person's criminal record when it happens that they are White and happened to be in the paper for committing a crime. That is my point, and like I said I will stick to that, because that is ALL that I have seen on these forums for the past few YEARS!


LOL!! Ah, lets see, lets not judge someone who RAPES, or TAKES DRUGS, oh my, lets just close all the courts and shut the jails down, we shouldn't judge!

Try using your argument with God who said to try to live a Godly life, RAPE, STEALING, DRUG USE are none of those, I can see you now pointing your finger in the face of God and saying these ridiculous things, really frightening how unstable your post paints you.


I don't need to "try" to use my argument with God - because the fact is this, I DO NOT judge people for what they have done, I don't have a right to judge anyone for their criminal history, or for anything else for that matter, simply because I am not (nor are any of you) free of guilt for one thing or another in this life. Since you want to bring God into this discussion, judgment IS in fact left up to God, not me, you, or anyone else.

Simple Enough II

Let me pose this question to you, say you had a daughter and this guy started hanging around her and you knew he had an extensive criminal record, would you say "I have no right to judge him and it is fine and dandy for him to court my daughter?


Well here's your answer, this guy is 34 years old, SO....IF I had a daughter old enough to be "hanging" around with him, that would mean she would be a GROWN ADULT, correct? Once a child is an ADULT they make their own decisions and IF my daughter was STUPID enough to want to be around this person, no I wouldn't judge him on HIS criminal past, I would have to question MYSELF as to where I went wrong in the raising of my daughter as to why my daughter would feel the need to be around HIM. Because I believe if a child is raised right and within the right type of environment then later on as adults they do not gravitate towards the "wrong element". So the bottom line is this; any child of mine would be raised properly and therefore would be more likely to have common sense instilled in them from an early age to know to steer clear of ANY type of trouble as they get older! Raise em' right and typically they will live their lives right...Period!

Señor Clown

"special enough to judge this man based on his past"..?

Seems more fair to judge a person based on their actions than any other factor. That considered, the future is yet to be seen, and the present is a rather small moment when compared to the past. It seems to me that most employers don't run a criminal background check just to make sure you don't have any outstanding warrants or pending charges - they're also looking at past convictions. And past employment history. And prior experience. See a trend here? When you run a credit check, are you looking at someone's current account balance plus the money they have in their pocket, or at past payment histories? Do you loan money to people based on their present intention to repay in the future, or do you base your decision on their past?