LIMA — A Lima man was shot several times Friday morning, an act that could be retaliation.
Leroy Young III, 21, of 954 W. Wayne St., was shot around 5:30 a.m. Friday near South Science Technology Magnet School and required emergency surgery, according to Lima Police Department officials.
“I can’t tell you for sure what his condition is, but he did sustain multiple gunshot wounds, so obviously it’s pretty serious,” said Lima Police Department Lt. Jim Baker. He said he was unsure if Young III was out of surgery yet around 1 p.m. Friday. Lima Memorial Health System would not release information.
Young III was targeted, Baker said.
“It was a specific person the shooter was looking for, we know that,” Baker said.
Young III has been involved in violence earlier this summer.
On July 15, Young III stabbed Edward Henry, 25, of 955 W. Wayne St., after an argument turned physical. Young III slashed Henry several times in the head. Young III suffered minor injuries, but he was not taken to a hospital. Henry was taken to Lima Memorial Health System, where he was treated and released.
On Aug. 11, Henry shot Young III’s father, Leroy Young II, 40, of Lima in the hand. Young II was taken to Lima Memorial Health System, Baker said Monday. Hospital records show he was admitted that night and released soon after. That same day, Henry was arrested and charged with suspicion of felonious assault, Baker said.
Friday’s round of violence took place at 415 Franklin St., across from South Science Technology Magnet School.
Neighbors said they saw a man dressed in black run from the house after they heard gunshots.
“I looked over there, and I saw a guy standing over there on the sidewalk right by the school. He was dressed in all black, and I couldn’t tell if he was white, black or whatever,” said Lee Kitchen, a neighbor. “He ran over there and laid down. He got up and peeked around the corner, then he took off.”
No arrests have been made yet, Baker said.