CONCORD TOWNSHIP, Ohio- The Lake County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to avoid the Greenway Corridor area of the Lake Metroparks after a woman was shot. The sheriff’s office said a mother was with her two children on the walking and biking path at about 3 p.m. Monday when she heard five shots. The woman yelled, “Don’t shoot, I’m with my children.”
Deputies said another shot was fired and the victim was hit in the arm. She called 911 and was taken to TriPoint Medical Center. Deputies said they are looking for an active shooter and they’re asking residents in the area to keep their children indoors. State Route 84 is closed because of the scene. The trail and Helen Hazen Wyman Park will remain closed for 24 hours.
Preliminary reports allege that there may be another victim, as yet unconfirmed.
Police believe the park shooting and a suspected homicide are related. A woman was found dead in a home on Ravenna Road in Concord Township on Monday. One suspect has been taken into custody and another may still be on the loose. While surveying the area by plane, police said the pilot believed they saw a second person running out of the woods.
The MetroParks bike path shooting happened on Liberty Street near Route 84 on the border of Painesville and Concord townships, Concord Township Fire Department confirms. The suspect in custody reportedly raised a weapon on the SWAT team, but was taken into custody without incident after police negotiated with him. Police describe the suspect as a Hispanic man in his 30s.
Police believe the shooting and suspected homicide are connected because of the proximity of the incidents. Details on the suspected homicide, including the woman’s manner of death, have not been released. The Painesville PD, highway patrol, FBI and BCI are at the scene.
Authorities were seen going into the woods wearing bulletproof vests and heavily armed. A plane can also be seen circling the area. The MetroParks Greenway Corridor will remained closed until further notice.
A joint press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m., July 28th, at the Lake County Sheriff’s office concerning the shooting.