December 3, 2020

Shot

Bethany Bruner
 
| The Columbus Dispatch

Columbus police say a man found slumped over the steering wheel of a crashed car Saturday on the city’s South Side who was initially believed to have suffered a medical emergency had actually been shot.

Mohammad Shalash, 59, of Hilliard, was found around 7:20 a.m. Saturday inside a car on the 200 block of Southard Drive. He was slumped over the wheel of the car, which had crashed into a utility pole.

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Medics who responded initially believed Shalash had suffered a medical emergency, but quickly discovered after beginning to treat him that he had been shot in the chest.

Shalash was rushed in critical, life-threatening condition to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center, where he died at 8:41 a.m. Saturday. An autopsy was conducted Sunday by the Franklin County Coroner’s Office and his death was ruled a homicide.

Shalash’s death is the 150th homicide committed in the city in 2020. Homicide investigators have not released any information about any possible suspect(s) or other details about the case.

Anyone with information is asked to call Columbus police homicide detectives at 614-645-4730 or provide information anonymously to Central Ohio Crime Stoppers at 614-461-TIPS.

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Police are investigating an armed robbery and attempted carjacking in Shorewood.

Shorewood police were dispatched to the 1600 block of East Capitol Drive at about 7:20 p.m. for an armed robbery, according to a news release. 

The victim had been driving east on East Capitol Drive when a vehicle passed their vehicle and pulled in front on it, forcing it to stop. 

The driver of the suspect vehicle exited the vehicle and approached the victim. A second suspect remained in the suspect vehicle. 

The suspect ordered the victim out of the vehicle at gunpoint, according to the news release. The suspect got into the driver’s seat of the victim’s vehicle and attempted to drive, but was unable to. 

The suspect got out of the vehicle and stole items from the victim, a news release said. The suspect then fired two rounds at the unoccupied vehicle, striking the vehicle. 

The victim did not sustain any injuries. The two suspects fled west on East Capitol Drive. 

The suspect vehicle was described as an older silver or gray sedan.

The investigation is ongoing. 

Contact Hannah Kirby at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter at @HannahHopeKirby.  

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Update, Saturday 11:25 a.m.: Police in Bartlesville identified the man shot by officers as 25-year-old Tyler Scott Thomas Rollins. A news release indicates that Rollins is listed in what has been described as stable condition at a Tulsa hospital.  

The story as it appeared in Saturday’s print version is below. 

Bartlesville police officers shot a man Friday evening after he reportedly pulled a gun while fleeing on foot.

The shooting happened about 7 p.m. Friday near the Casey’s General Store at the intersection of Madison and Adams boulevards, according to a news release from the Bartlesville Police Department.

Officers made contact with a man reportedly wanted on two felony warrants at the convenience store’s gas pumps and observed him in a black Ford Edge reported stolen Thursday. As officers approached, the man fled on foot and during the foot chase pulled a firearm on the two pursuing officers, according to a news release.

Both officers shot the suspect, who was taken to a Bartlesville hospital before being transferred to St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa. No information was available Friday night on his condition.

Neither the man nor officers who shot him have been identified as of Friday night, and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is handling the investigation, according to a news release.

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KALAMAZOO, MI — A 17-year-old male is in stable condition after he was shot Friday afternoon while sitting in a parked car.

The shooting was reported around 3:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 27, in the 400 block of Reed Avenue, according to Kalamazoo Public Safety Sgt. Robert Holdwick.

Officers were called to that location on reports of gunfire and soon learned that the 17-year-old who was shot had been taken to an area emergency room.

The teen, a Kalamazoo resident, told officers he was sitting inside a parked car when he was hit by gunfire, Holdwick said.

Officers were able to recover evidence from the shooting scene but have not yet been able to locate or identify the shooter.

Earlier in the day, around 2:45 p.m., officers were called to the 1300 block of Bridge Street on a separate incident of gunfire.

Police officials say a house in the area occupied by an adult and a toddler was struck by gunfire but no one was injured. Officers were unable to locate the shooter involved in that incident but did collect shell casings.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety at 269-337-8120 or Silent Observer at 269-343-2100.

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Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information from a Michigan State Police investigation.



a car parked on the side of a road: Police say 200-300 teens were involved in fights in Grand Rapids.


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Police say 200-300 teens were involved in fights in Grand Rapids.

Michigan State Police troopers were investigating two possible freeway shootings in Detroit on Wednesday, one of which supposedly involved a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle.

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Officials from the State Police and U.S. Customs and Border Protection initially confirmed Wednesday that a vehicle occupied by customs officers was fired at Wednesday morning on Interstate 96 near the Southfield Freeway.

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But it turns out: it was just a rock that hit the passenger window as they drove, a State Police  investigation found. 

A real freeway shooting did happen in Detroit on Wednesday morning, though. It stemmed from a road rage incident that occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on westbound Interstate 94 near Interstate 75, according to State Police.  

In that incident, a female driver and male passenger engaged in a confrontation with a man driving a blue minivan. The suspect in the minivan fired shots with a handgun at the victims, striking the vehicle they were in, according to the agency. 

No one was hurt in that incident and no suspect is in custody, police said. 

 Police temporarily closed the freeways in both incidents to conduct investigations.

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 State Police Lt. Mike Shaw said in October that there has been an increase in freeway shootings this year generally caused by the community forgetting how to deescalate situations without violence, potentially due to stress brought on by the pandemic.

 State Police Metro South Post Commander Lt. Jennifer Johnson said Wednesday that police have  seized 297 weapons on freeways in Wayne County so far this year. She said that is a substantial increase from this time last year, although last year’s statistics were not immediately available. 

“The freeway is a microcosm of crime going on everywhere in the city and county. We’ve seen an increase in shootings on and off the roadways,” Johnson said. 

Contact Omar Abdel-Baqui: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @omarabdelb.

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Michigan State Police troopers are investigating two possible freeway shootings in Detroit on Wednesday, one of which involved a U.S. Customs and Border Protection vehicle.

Officials from MSP and CBP confirmed Wednesday that a vehicle occupied by customs officers was fired at Wednesday morning on Interstate 96 near the Southfield Freeway.

The CBP vehicle was unmarked. Federal officers in the vehicle were traveling to a different part of the state when a blue Dodge SUV sped up and fired a weapon, one shot striking the passenger window, said MSP Metro South Commander Lt. Jennifer Johnson. 

No serious injuries were reported in that incident. 

Johnson said there is no known motive for the shooting. 

The other shooting was a road rage incident that occurred at about 10:30 a.m. on westbound Interstate 94 near Interstate 75, according to MSP. 

In that incident, a female driver and male passenger engaged in a confrontation with a man driving a blue minivan. The suspect in the minivan fired shots with a handgun at the victims, striking the vehicle they were in, according to the agencySP. 

No one was hurt in that incident, police said. 

MSP temporarily closed the freeways in both incidents to conduct investigations. No suspects are in custody. 

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MSP Lt. Mike Shaw said in October that there has been an increase in freeway shootings this year generally caused by the community forgetting how to deescalate situations without violence, potentially due to stress brought on by the pandemic.

Johnson said Wednesday that MSP has seized 297 weapons on freeways in Wayne County so far this year. She said that is a substantial increase from this time last year, although last year’s statistics were not immediately available. 

“The freeway is a microcosm of crime going on everywhere in the city and county. We’ve seen an increase in shootings on and off the roadways,” Johnson said.

Contact Omar Abdel-Baqui: [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @omarabdelb.

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Utica, N.Y. — Utica police say a man was shot inside a vehicle that later crashed Sunday evening.

At about 5:10 p.m., officers were dispatched to the 1600 block of Genesee Street for a motor vehicle accident. Around the same time, police also were called to reports of shots fired nearby, in the 100 block of Grant Street.

When the officers arrived at the scene of the crash on Genesee Street, they found a man inside the vehicle had been shot. They immediately knew the vehicle was somehow involved in the shooting investigation on Grant Street, police said.

The Utica Fire Department transported the shooting victim to St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica, where he was in critical condition.

“Once at the hospital, the staff there conducted life saving measures,” Utica police said in a news release.

The shooting victim died from his injuries, police said.

Utica police say they are continuing to investigate the homicide and more information will be released as it becomes available.

The Utica Police Department Major Crimes Division asks anyone with information about the fatal shooting to call them at (315) 223-3556; submit a tip online through Mohawk Valley Crime Stoppers at www.mohawkvalleycrimestoppers.com, by calling 1-866-730-8477 (TIPS); or by using the P3 Tips mobile app.

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Michael Joseph Hanes-White was a suspect in a man’s killing during a robbery and was himself killed in the same circumstances about a year later, police said.

Hanes-White, one of three men who police allege were suspects in a 2019 Arlington killing, was shot to death in Fort Worth in October.

Hanes-White, 18, was slain in a car outside Homan Grocery in the 1500 block of Homan Avenue on Oct. 25, Fort Worth police have said. Hanes-White was shot in his back, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office said.

Police have arrested Brian Jones, 17, in Hanes-White’s homicide, and Tarrant County prosecutors on Nov. 5 charged him with capital murder.

The two other suspects in Hector Salazar’s killing on Nov. 16, 2019, in the 2400 block of Summer Place Drive in Arlington, have been arrested in the last two weeks. Kejuan McCray, 20, was arrested on Monday, and Tevin Phillips, 19, was arrested on Nov. 5.

McCray and Phillips are accused in Salazar’s shooting death in November 2019 during an attempted robbery involving drugs, according to arrest warrant affidavits written by Arlington police Detective Julia Hall.

Salazar, 18, died at the scene after a gun battle with the suspects.

Phillips was charged with murder on Monday, the anniversary of Salazar’s killing, and McCray was arrested on suspicion of that crime.

A witness told Hall that he and Salazar sold drugs. A person nicknamed “NFL” contacted them and agreed to buy their product.

The witness and Salazar were waiting when a vehicle pulled up with five men, and a few of them left the vehicle and opened fire.

Salazar returned fire before he was shot and died. The witness said he saw one of the suspects fall to the ground before getting up and getting back in the car, according to the affidavit. The suspects left the scene.

McCray had been shot in the leg and arrived at Mansfield Methodist Hospital, police said.

McCray initially told authorities that he and some friends had been walking down a street in North Richland Hills or Mansfield when unknown suspects tried to rob them and then began shooting.

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Emerson Clarridge covers crime and other breaking news for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He works evenings and reports on law enforcement affairs in Tarrant County. He previously was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, New York.

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Two young girls and two adults who were inside a car that was shot multiple times Thursday evening in Randolph were miraculously not struck by any of the bullets and were left without any major injuries, police said.

Officers responded to several reports of shots fired near Perly Evans Drive and Hemlock Terrace shortly after 7:20 p.m. and found numerous bullet shell casings when arriving at the scene, according to a statement from Randolph Police Chief William Pace.

The car that was shot was located at 11 Highland Ave. The vehicle suffered significant ballistic damage, including at least three shots to the windshield and engine damage due to gunfire, the statement said.

After investigating, police discovered the four individuals who were inside the car at the time of the shooting, according to the statement.

The driver, a 36-year-old woman, suffered minor injuries from glass and was taken by ambulance to an area hospital, according to authorities.

Also in the car during the shooting was a 33-year-old man and two children, girls ages 3 and 5 years old, officials said.

Nobody was shot, and no other injuries were reported, according to police.

The shooting is being actively investigated by Randolph police, who are being helped by Braintree and Boston police, authorities said.

Anyone with information about the shooting has been urged to call the Randolph Police Department at (781) 963-1212.

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A 30-year-old Montgomery man has been charged with first-degree murder, accused of shooting at a man out of jealousy over an ex-girlfriend.

Bail was set at $1 million Thursday morning for Chuckie E. Chatman of the 800 block of Victoria Drive. He can be freed if he posts $100,000.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

In addition to the murder charge, Chatman faces felony charges of aggravated discharge of a weapon and reckless homicide in the death of Ernest A. Hardy, 39, of Aurora.

Aurora police say they heard “numerous” gunshots around 12:05 a.m. Oct. 17 on the 1100 block of Plum Street. They found a 2006 Dodge Durango truck that had crashed into a tree on the 700 block of Redwood Drive. Hardy was the driver.

The vehicle had been hit by gunfire. Police say they found evidence showing a vehicle chasing and firing shots at the Durango.

At bond call Thursday morning, Chatman’s lawyer argued the state didn’t have enough evidence to prove there was probable cause for an arrest. He said there was no evidence Chatman was the driver or passenger of the chasing vehicle — or that his telephone was in the area — at the time of the shooting.

But the prosecutor said there was evidence that Hardy was dating Chatman’s ex-girlfriend; that Chatman had gone to the ex-girlfriend’s house, and was upset; that the woman gave Chatman Hardy’s cellphone number; and that Chatman had arranged with Hardy to go somewhere to fight. Police found evidence showing Chatman’s phone was in the area of the house and the crash, she said.


        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

The ex-girlfriend was in Hardy’s vehicle when it crashed, the prosecutor said.

Chatman lives on the 800 block of Victoria Drive.

Aurora police are still investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call the Investigations Division at (630) 256-5500.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

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