UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Seven shot, one beaten

No arrests made in early Sunday shootout at party center. Business now closed following eviction notice.
Shawn Foucher
May 19, 2014


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Updated Monday, 2:16 p.m.
By the city of Sandusky’s request, the owner of the former DJ's Sports Bar, now known as Geno’s, signed an eviction notice, ending all activity occurring inside this property.

The owner of the businesses also signed the agreement.

City officials claimed the property was a public nuisance, putting at risk officers, community members and others driving by this area.

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A Cleveland Road hotspot outdid its own reputation for trouble Sunday morning when it played host to a shooting rampage that left seven people with gunshot wounds and one man with severe assault injuries.

As of late Sunday, police had made no arrests in the shooting at Geno’s, an oft-troubled party center in the 1600 block of Cleveland Road, formerly known as DJ’s Sports Bar.

Witnesses and victims said it was total chaos when a gunman, or gunmen, opened fire at about 4:30 a.m. inside the packed party center.    About three to four shots were fired inside the bar before the shooting moved outside, where another three to four shots were fired.

The shooting victims all suffered nonlethal wounds to their hips, legs or lower extremities, according to police, witnesses and victims. The shooting victims may have been innocent bystanders, uninvolved in any dispute that triggered the incident, police and witnesses said.

“It was crazy,” said one woman who was inside the party center when the melee let loose. “There was probably about 100 people inside, and then there were two or three or four shots, and everyone ran outside”

Sandusky police were first dispatched to the location just after 4 a.m., when the owner asked officers to help handle a large crowd of people, according to a police report.

When Officer Cameron Greenawalt arrived he heard a gunshot, according to the report, and officers then found assault victim Tyshaun Washington, 28, of Lorain, lying unresponsive in the parking lot. Investigators said they’re still trying to determine if the assailants used any objects to bludgeon Washington, or if they just hit and kicked him.

Washington was taken by ambulance to Firelands Regional Medical Center and then flown by medical helicopter to a Toledo hospital.

Many of the shooting victims quickly got rides to Firelands hospital, where staff patched them up in short order before sending them on their way. Officers were also dispatched to the hospital briefly to quell arguments among the victims’ family and friends, who were waiting in treatment rooms and lobbies.

Sandusky police Detective Dana Newell said officers found no shell casings at the scene, leading them to believe the shooter — or shooters — had revolvers. Police also found unspent shotgun shells at the scene, but they believe those had nothing to do with Sunday morning’s shooting.

A police report on the shooting lists “involved parties” as a few people from Elyria and Lorain and one from Sandusky.

“They’re ‘persons of interest,’” Newell said, declining to elaborate.

Sunday afternoon, Newell was working to obtain any surveillance videos from businesses in the area.

An employee at a nearby gas station said his store’s surveillance camera only recorded vehicle headlights in the parking lot at the party center at the time of the shooting; it was too dark to see much else in the video. An employee at the nearby dollar store said she hadn’t viewed any surveillance video from the time of the shooting.

A few of the shooting victims told the Register music was playing inside Geno’s when the shots were fired. They said they heard no arguing beforehand and they didn’t catch a good look at anyone firing the shots.

By late Sunday, most of the victims were up and walking: One guy had a gauze bandage wrapped around his calf as he talked on the phone while standing in his driveway; one woman was already working behind the register at a local store; one man made a quick trip to Drug Mart to get new bandages for his leg.

The shootings victims:
•Michael Lately Jr., 27, of Sandusky.
•Reva Roldan, 30, of Sandusky. 

•Aries Irby, 25, of Sandusky.
•Sharee Russell, 29, of Sandusky.
•Darryl Pearson, 23, of Sandusky.
•Domonic Webb, 26, of Sandusky.
•Michael McClellan Jr., 29, of Sandusky.

The Geno’s location has been a magnet for trouble for years, even when it operated as DJ’s Sports Bar, Sandusky police reports shot. Countless incident reports document all variety of problems there, particularly in the early morning hours.

After local bars have long shut down, people flock to the Cleveland Road party center to hang out.

Local authorities said the facility does not sell alcohol and it operates as a sort of “private club,” putting police at something of a disadvantage when they show up to quiet disturbances.

According to the Erie County auditor’s website, the Geno’s building is owned by Carmelo Ruta Inc.


Little Giant

Thank you Sandusky Register for finally mentioning the owner of the building. As the landlord he can break a lease and evict the tenants if illegal behavior is taking places on the premises and yet he has turned a blind eye. Shame on Carmelo Ruta! I hope the people that got shot get lawyers and sue him. Maybe that will make him wake up and do the right thing.

Julie R.

Sue one of Erie County's special non-average citizens? You must have never dealt with the despicable corrupt Erie County legal system if you are naive enough to think anybody could ever do that.

Stop It

Carl Ruta does what he wants when he wants. Laws and permissions be damned.

JMOP's picture

Geez, why would people want to even go there? They must have the best bar food in Sandusky or something.


Boy are you people naive.

Little Giant

Well Unassumer....three hours after I made my comment the first part of my comment came true. You look pretty ignorant now.

Teeter's picture

The City could have long ago enforced an ordinance ALREADY ON THE BOOKS and designed for just this type of establishment and made money doing it. I guess it's better the shoot outs are on Cleveland Rd rather than on Market St or Columbus and Water Sts.

Well, at least they know where to go look for folks that have warrants, so I guess that's a plus!

Just dumb, just plain dumb!

Diedre Cole


Ms Cole:

It's rather obvious that certain property owners receive special treatment in Sandusky and Erie County in general. For example the property appraisals on certain commercial interests don't appear to be accurate but seriously undervalued.


I agree Babo! Obvious corruption down there.

The General

Yo Yo Yo...listen up. I have cartons of cigarettes heavily discounted.
Kools ( oh yes)
Parliments uh huh

Sooo listen up.... for y'all out there.... buy 2 cartoons of NEWPORTS, get the 3rd at 1/2 price.

Also limited issue of Schlitz Malt Liquor, Ole English 800, Heineken, AND Hennessy as well....let me know

Stop It

This comment section is doomed to moderation hell in just a few hours. Watch and see.

William Jeffers...

Geno's Philly Cheese Steak is to die for....LITERALLY.

JMOP's picture

A teardrop running down now, cause I'll never get to try it.


That was also called Club Coconuts back in the 1990's. There were always big brawls & underage there too. Since the Mob owns the building now, he could care less what goes on as long as he gets his $$$$...and if not, out comes da violin case.


Mob in Sandsucky, OH. I seriously doubt it.


Let's see there's the owner of this fine establishment, the owners of the mall, the owners of the ferry...get a clue.

Stop It

Owners of most motels/hotels on Rt. 250 as well.

Julie R.


The Big Dog's back

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What are they good for
Absolutely nothing
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What are they good for
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What are they good for
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Listen to me

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Guns means tears
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When their sons go out
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Good God, y'all
What are they good for
Absolutely nothing
Say it again

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What are they good for
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Listen to me

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But a heartbreaker

The Big Dog's back

Guns, They ain't nothing but a heartbreaker
Guns, it's got one friend
That's the undertaker
Ooooh, Guns, have shattered
Many a young mans dreams
Made him disabled, bitter and mean
Life is much to short and precious
To spend shooting guns these days
Guns can't give life
They can only take it away


You are not a veteran, hunter, family protector or have common sense enough to realize the murders, will always have guns or weapons ! Your own Libs, provided The Mexican Drug Cartel .Chicago has the strictest gun laws and has the 2nd most murders.


Wrong again. The Obama admin. ended the program. Who started it?

Darwin's choice

You're wrong, the program that was started by Bush was a completely different program, NONE of the weapons that HOLDER and OBAMA gave away were ever under control, they were simply let out the door!


You are wrong Darwin the only difference is the name. They were both used to sale arms to cartels in order to trace them. Bush started the program twice but canceled them and Obama brought it back with a different name.




Well what do you know? Sandtown just told us something I didn't know. They started that idiotic program twice during the Bush administration, huh? And stopped it......
How many guns were 'run' in those operations? How many were 'run' in the latest boondoggle?
And why would this administration repeat this operation? Was it because they thought they could do it better? Like some have insisted that Socialism is a great idea, it just hasn't been done right?

Darwin's choice

You should check your sources, you're close, but no cigar!

VTX Rider

Kudos to the city for finally taking action. This has been long over due. However, this will only stop this type of activity from happening at this particular establishment. I'm not sure where the estimated 100 (from original article) people will show up this weekend but I would bet they will quickly find another place to hang out. This isn't negativity talking, it's reality.

I've often wondered how the tenant made money? Did he charge an admission to get in or rent it out like a hall every weekend. Anyone know?

Everyone have a nice evening. Enjoy the sunshine!!

2cents's picture

D6 should be about the right size. Make sure it is 4 AM and packed to code limit : )


The ones I feel bad for are SPD and SFD for having to constantly put up with this B*LLSH*T!!!! Stay safe out there SPD and SFD!!

God Of Thunder

I'm taking odds and bets on where the next battle ground will be since this was shut down. Hmmmm. Let's see... Maxie's Bar, Poon's/Big O's, DJ's/Geno's(Italian name...Really?)... Ok...Start naming new ones..


People soft these days. Scared to throw them hands. NO ONE should be allowed to hold that much power in they hands.

Stop It

"in they hands"? Really?


Honestly who cares.


Just strat closing at a reasonable time. Why does any food establishment need to be open so late?