LORAIN, Ohio — A 32-year-old man was killed in a shooting that took place at a club in Lorain early Sunday morning, according to the Lorain Police Department.
Around 1:30 a.m., officers were called to Club Our Space in the 200 block of East 29th Street to provide extra patrol due to a large crowd present and it being near closing time.
While conducting patrol, officers heard several gunshots in the area, police said. Officers then found a man shot directly in front of the club.
Police allege that three license certified security officers hired by the club were attempting to escort a woman out of the club when one spotted a man holding a gun.
Howard Washington owns Club Our Space and said about 200 people were inside for the event, but were starting to leave for closing time.
“They called it out and said gun, gun, put the gun down,” he said. “[The 32-year-old man] raises the gun and fires at them. They of course doing their trained job, they fired back.”
Washington said it appears that the individual never set foot inside his club, and was waiting outside.
EMS transported the man, identified as Marlo Sanford, 32, to Mercy Hospital where he died from his injuries. Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
News 5 reached out to Sanford’s family, who declined to talk for this story.
Washington said he routinely calls Lorain Police when his club closes for the night, to help disperse the crowd. That night, he said the club hosted an event for the rapper Styles P, even touting “tight security” on the poster.
“As far as doing anything different, [my security] followed all the procedures,” Washington said. “My heart goes out to the family of the victim. They’re in my prayers. I’d like to say to the customers last night, you all acted right and did very well and I appreciate you.”
Anyone with information regarding the shooting is asked to call police at 440-204-2105.
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