Names of UAW Hall shooting victims released; still no suspect identified

By J Swygart -

LIMA — Lima police have released the names of six people shot in the early morning hours of July 5 at the United Auto Workers Hall in Lima but have provided no additional information surrounding the incident that resulted in the death of a Lima man.

Carrington Lott, 23, died of gunshot wounds as a result of gunfire at around 3:45 a.m. on July 5 at the union hall, located at 1440 Bellefontaine Ave.

Others injured and taken to area hospitals following the shootings were Sequoia Ackles, 23, of Lima; Keith Thomas, 25, of Lima; Damber Andrews, 18, of Lima; Demarius Jackson, 28, of Lima; Janiece Spencer, 21, of Lima; and Antwan Smith, 27, of Columbus.

A handgun believed to have been used in the shootings was found by police at the scene, but no suspects have as yet been identified.

Detectives with the Lima Police Department are continuing their investigation, according to spokesman Sgt. Jason Garlock.

According to initial police reports, the UAW Hall had been rented for a private Independence Day 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.

Police said Lott was pronounced dead after arriving at an area hospital, the result of gunshot wounds.

Persons with additional information regarding the shooting are asked to contact the Lima Police Department at 419-221-5264, Det. Sean Neidemire at 419-221-5295 or Lima CrimeStoppers 419-229-STOP.

By J Swygart

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