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Shots fired outside graduation party in Oberlin

Posted at 5:57 PM, Jun 26, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-26 17:57:59-04

Shots fired near a graduation party in Oberlin early Sunday morning have police still looking for the person or persons responsible.

Police were called to E. Vine Street and S. Pleasant Street around 12:30 a.m. for multiple reports of gunshots. One officer on scene reported seeing a large group of males that appeared to be fighting in the front lawn of a residence on S. Pleasant Street where guests were leaving the graduation party. The people there told police no one currently at the party had fired any shots, and the person responsible had already left.

Police were told by people on scene that the shooting happened once the party was over and the guests started to leave.

Oberlin dispatch said multiple callers reported several shots were fired in the parking lot of Concord Manor on E. Vine St. Dispatch said it was told two groups of males in a red SUV and a tan sedan were seen leaving the apartment parking lot at the time of the shooting and then pulling back in a few minutes later.

An officer on scene found a 15-year-old sitting in the passenger seat of a tan Mercury with cuts. It appeared a bullet went through the windshield. EMS tended to the 15-year-old.

Officers found four men sitting in a red SUV parked in front of Concord Manor. They said they held the men at gunpoint and detained them for questioning. None of the men had weapons on them and claimed they were not involved in the shooting. One told police he saw several people arguing in the street who then shot at each other. The men told police they ran in multiple directions down the street when the shooting started and didn't see who the shooter was.

Police did not find any weapons in the red SUV.

The woman who was hosting the graduation party for her son said there were many guests in attendance from out of town who she didn't know. She said one guest described the shooter to her as a young male with dark skin and dreadlocks. She said she was also told the suspect fired the gun into the air.

The incident is under investigation.