LIMA — One man died and another man suffered injuries after a shooting at a Lima bar Wednesday morning, marking the fourth homicide in Lima so far this year.
Davohn M. Godsey, 36, of Lima, was shot more than once and found dead on the floor of The Gas Station Bar, 126 E. North St., Lima, at 1:55 a.m. Wednesday, Detective Steve Stechschulte, of the Lima Police Department, said in a statement.
A second person, 30-year-old Marlon Godsey, also suffered a gunshot wound, with family members taking him to St. Rita’s Medical Center for treatment. Godsey was later released from the hospital.
Officers heard a disturbance in progress. As they responded, several patrons began running out of the bar, saying someone had been shot.
Witnesses said an argument broke out inside the bar, and the combatants began firing shots.
The Gas Station Bar is located in the same building as the recently closed G-Spot Bar, the site of multiple shootings last year. Bisman Investment Co., the owners of the G-Spot Bar, shut the facility down in July 2016 in advance of pending legal action from the city. The building was purchased in November by Thelma Banks, of Lima, according to the Allen County Auditor’s Office.
The shooting prompted a response from both Lima Mayor David Berger and mayoral candidate Keith Cheney. For Berger, such shootings “have no place in our city” and will not be tolerated, according to a statement released from his office.
“My office is working with the Law Director, the Lima Police Department, Fire Department, the Building and Zoning Department and the Ohio Department of Public Safety Division of Liquor Control, and we will take action against all those responsible, including the Gas Station Bar,” he said. “Moreover, I will be asking City Council to weigh in on how we can explore our options to make nightclub owners more responsible for ensuring that the public is better protected.”
Berger went on to call for increased action to curb gun violence, saying the city must “continue our work in getting illegal guns off the streets.”
Stechschulte had no information regarding the weapon used in the shooting and could not confirm it was purchased illegally.
Cheney pointed to this incident, as well as the Saturday shooting on South Main Street near Family Dollar, as further evidence that a change is needed in city leadership, given the shortage of both patrol officers and detectives in the Lima Police Department.
“This is another prime example of how Mayor David Berger has miserably failed in his primary job of providing safety for our city’s residents,” he said. “That must be the primary focus when we’re going to address crime. This is another clear reason why it’s time, after 28 years, for a new mayor with a clearer vision on how to address Lima’s problem.”
Stechschulte said the department wasn’t ready to release a suspect’s name yet Wednesday, as investigators were still working to obtain camera footage of the incident and meet with witnesses to learn more about the details of the incident. Anyone with information about the incident should call Stechschulte at 419-812-0059 or 419-221-5181.