LPD investigates second shooting at Marko’s in a week

LIMA — Lima police are seeking assistance from the public in obtaining information surrounding a shooting early Friday morning at Marko’s Sports and Spirits.

Officers were called to the bar, 701 S. Main St., around 1:15 a.m. Friday and discovered 24-year-old Rico Stafford had been shot outside the bar. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Several shell casings were located in the 100 block of East Kibby Street, according to a statement issued by the Lima Police Department.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the contact Detective Todd Jennings at 419-221-5228 or Lima/Allen County Crime Stoppers at 419-229-STOP.

Friday’s shooting was the second such incident at Marko’s in a week.

On March 25 Lima police were dispatched to the bar in reference to a fight in progress. Upon their arrival officers heard a gunshot and located a victim, Ralph Upshaw, 44 , who had sustained a gunshot wound to his lower back. Upshaw was transported to a local hospital where he was listed in critical condition at the time.

Chainze Tucker, 32, of Lima, was taken into custody and charged with suspicion of felonious assault.

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By J Swygart

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