LIMA — Lima/Allen County Crime Stoppers is partnering with the Lima Police Department to offer a $1,000 reward for information that could lead to an arrest for the July 5, 2018, shooting at United Auto Workers hall.
Jerry Sarchet, director of Crime Stoppers, urged that anyone with information should contact them at 419-229-7867 and will be able to remain anonymous.
Lead detective Sean Neidemire said officials have yet to convict anyone in the fatal shooting of Carrington Lott because all information has been “he-said-she-said.”
“We’ve gotten a lot of information, but it’s all second- and third-hand information, somebody heard it from somebody. We have yet to get someone actually to stand up and step forward and say, ‘I saw this person or that person with a gun,’” Neidemire said. “We can’t convict someone with hearsay alone. With an incident like this where so many people were hurt, it’s extremely important we find who is responsible.”
In addition to Lott’s death, Neidemire said seven others suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
“Throughout the investigation, we have learned that there was a dispute between two rival groups, and guns were pulled. We’re still looking to see who pulled guns and who pulled guns first and how that all moved forward, and that’s where things get foggy,” he said. “It’s still an active investigation. We’re trying to turn over new leads and talk to people every day.”
Crime Stoppers offers monetary rewards in smaller amounts monthly, but this is the largest amount being offered since $1,000 was awarded in the fatal shooting of Da’Veon Petaway at Meat City on March 7, 2016. Albert McDowell was on the run for nearly a month before being captured at a rest area near Piqua with the help of state troopers. In July 2017, McDowell was sentenced to 13 years in prison after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.
“(Crime Stoppers) offers large rewards whenever we hit a stall or it isn’t moving enough,” Crime Stoppers board president Greg Berquist said. “They range depending on the type of the crime, nature of the crime and violence of the crime. The board then decides how much (the reward) is worth based on how much work it was.”
Berquist said the reward money is funded by private citizens and corporate donations, as the group operates as a 501(c)(3).
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