Seven Sandusky residents suffered gunshot wounds and a Lorain man sustained a severe beating Sunday around 4:30 a.m. at Geno’s Party Center, formerly known as DJ’s Sports Bar.
Police now believe a fight began inside the establishment, with a group of Sandusky residents on one side and a group of Elyria residents—including the Lorain assault victim—on the other side, Sandusky police Detective Dana Newell said. “For the shooting, we think Elyria was involved. The beatdown part (came from) the Sandusky side” Newell said.
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“We’re thinking one group was getting the best of another, and the other group pulled out a gun and started shooting” Newell said.
Officials do not yet know what sparked the fight, however, and are still working to interview all those involved.
Police still believe the seven shooting victims were innocent bystanders and not involved in the initial melee.
Though no arrests have been made, Newell said investigators have begun to hone in on who may be to blame.
“We’re thinking (the assault victim) was getting beat and someone who was with him from Elyria started shooting, but that’s unconfirmed at this point. There was no indication (the assault victim) did any of the shooting,” Newell said.
Newell has been in contact with Elyria police about possible suspects, but declined to provide further information on the shooter’s identity. As of Monday, no arrest warrants had been issued.
At this point, the incident is not considered gang-related, Newell said, and police have received no information of ongoing tension between Elyria and Sandusky groups.
One aspect of the incident that still has investigators puzzled is the mechanics of the shooting itself.
“I don’t know yet why everyone was shot in the lower extremities,” Newell said. “Luckily everyone’s OK, but it’s kind of strange everyone was struck in their lower body”
Police are also trying to pin down the type of weapon used, as officers found none at the scene.
“The reason I said it may be a revolver is because we didn’t find any shell casings. There are some (types of revolvers) that you don’t need to reload,” Newell said, referring to the fact that some revolvers can accommodate more than six bullets at a time and at least seven shots were fired Sunday.
Officers have retrieved multiple slugs from the gunshot victims’ bodies. Those will be analyzed to determine the specific type of gun used, Newell said.
Police identified the Lorain assault victim Sunday as Tyshaun Washington, 28. He is still being treated in a Toledo hospital for injuries related to the beating, Newell said.