Police offer no new information into Fourth of July shootings

By J Swygart - jswygart@limanews.com

LIMA — Lima police have shed no additional light into a shooting early Thursday morning at the United Auto Workers hall in Lima that left one man dead and six others injured.

Killed in the shooting was 23-year-old Carrington Lott, of Lima. A handgun believed to have been used in the shootings was found by police at the scene, but no suspects have been identified at this time.

The shootings took place at approximately 3:45 a.m. Thursday at 1440 Bellefontaine Ave. Police declined to release the names of the six others — three males and three females — who suffered what were described as non-life-threatening gunshot wounds during the incident.

“The detectives still have a ton of people that we need to track down and speak with,” said Sgt. Jason Garlock of the Lima Police Department, who said it will likely be next week “at the earliest” before the names of the six victims are made public.

According to police, the UAW hall had been rented for a private Fourth of July party. Officers were dispatched to the hall early Thursday in response to a report of multiple shots being fired.

Upon their arrival, officers found multiple victims suffering from gunshot wounds. The were all transported to Lima hospitals for treatment of their injuries, Garlock said. Lott was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital, the result of gunshot wounds.

The Lima News erroneously reported in its Friday print edition that only five people were injured in the shooting in addition to the deceased, based on information originally provided by police.

Lott was also involved in a shooting on July 1, 2015, near the intersection of Prospect and Michael avenues. He was treated for a gunshot wound to the hand that wasn’t considered life-threatening at the time.

An Allen County Sheriff’s Office incident report states that a clear plastic bag containing a “white rock substance” was located in the roadway just outside the hall at the same time the shooting occurred.

People with additional information regarding the shooting should contact the Lima Police Department at 419-221-5264, Detective Sean Neidemire at 419-221-5295 or Lima CrimeStoppers at 419-229-STOP.


By J Swygart


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