LIMA — Two people were shot Saturday night in downtown Lima after an argument escalated into gunfire, the Lima Police Department reported.
At about 11:15 p.m., more than 30 shots were fired near Family Dollar in the 200 block of South Main Street. The shots occurred after multiple people were asked to leave a graduation party in the area of South Main and Elm streets.
The people involved in the argument left the party, but continued the argument in the Family Dollar parking lot. The argument escalated, resulting in “multiple combatants pulling out guns and shooting at each other,” Lima Police Detective Steven Stechschulte reported.
Two people were struck by the gunfire, and they were taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center. Lima Police Department officials refused to release their names or conditions Sunday. Stechschulte did confirm that gang activity was a factor in the shooting.
Stechschulte said police officials were making “good headway” on narrowing down the suspect list. He said they are reviewing video footage of the incident and interviewing witnesses to determine who committed the shooting.
Anyone with information about the shooting was asked to contact Stechschulte at 419-221-5181.
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