LIMA — The Lima man shot multiple times Monday night at a North Cole Street carwash has been the victim of a shooting in town before.
According to information published by The Lima News, Marvin L. Thomas, 23, was shot outside Liberty Elementary School, 338 W. Kibby St., on Nov. 26, 2010.
Allen County Sheriff Sam Crish said Thomas was playing cards with friends at Car Corral Car Wash, 1457 N. Cole St., around 8:20 p.m. Monday when a man walked up, produced a handgun and shot Thomas multiple times in the torso. The shooter fled in an unknown direction, Crish said.
Thomas was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center, where he was taken immediately into surgery, Crish said. Thomas was listed in critical condition.
Crish said the suspected triggerman, Brandon J. Smith, 30, remained on the loose Wednesday. Smith is described as a black man, 5-feet 8-inches tall, weighing between 215 and 220 pounds with black hair, brown eyes. Smith has multiple tattoos.
“Currently, they’re looking to try to figure out a motive behind this, if there’s a history between the two,” Crish said. “As of right now we don’t have anything about why Brandon would walk in and shoot Marvin Thomas.”
Crish said investigators have not established a motive for the shooting. The investigation also has not determined if Thomas and Smith know each other.
Both Smith and Thomas have had previous run-ins with law enforcement, according to court records.
Smith has had cases in Lima Municipal Court for failure to reinstate an operator’s license, operating a vehicle under the influence, possession of drugs, persistent disorderly conduct and obstructing official business.
According to Allen County Common Pleas Court records, Smith has also had multiple drug-related felony cases. In 2007, he pleaded guilty to trafficking in crack cocaine and was given three years on probation. Smith violated the probation and was sent to prison for 22 months. Judge Richard Warren granted Smith an early release from prison after serving seven months behind bars. He was placed on probation upon his release and then violated the probation, according to court records.
In 2003, Smith was indicted for escape. He pleaded guilty and was given probation but was sent back to prison on the trafficking charge.
Smith faced a possession of crack cocaine charge in 2010 and a possession of cocaine charge in 2011. He was given probation in both cases.
Thomas has a municipal court rap sheet that includes charges of driving under suspension, obstructing official business, failure to reinstate an operator’s license, among others.
According to Common Pleas Court records, Thomas pleaded no contest in 2008 to aggravated assault and possession of marijuana and was sentenced to two years in prison.
Anyone with information on Smith’s whereabouts is asked to call the Allen County Sheriff’s Office at 419-227-3535.
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