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Police, U.S. Marshal’s Service searching for man charged in connection with fatal shooting at Elyria apartment building

October 10, 2018

Police, U.S. Marshal’s Service searching for man charged in connection with fatal shooting at Elyria apartment building

ELYRIA, Ohio -- Elyria police and the U.S. Marshal’s Service Northern Ohio Fugitive Task Force are searching for the third suspect involved in the Oct. 1 fatal shooting at an Elyria apartment building.

Larry E. Hamilton, 23, of Lorain, is charged with a first-degree felony of aggravated robbery, Capt. Chris Costantino said. Elyria police believe he was involved in the homicide of Zachary Mason last week at the Southwyck Apartments in the 1400 block of West River Road North. 

Hamilton has prior arrests for weapons-related offenses and should be considered armed and dangerous, Costantino said. 

Anyone with information about Hamilton’s whereabouts is asked to call the Elyria Police Department at 440-323-3302 or the U.S. Marshal’s Service at 1-866-492-6833. 

Two men were arrested two days after the shooting and charged with a first-degree felony of aggravated robbery, according to Elyria Municipal Court records.

Keeon Green, Jr., 18, and Lance Cheers, 28, are being held without bond in the Lorain County Jail, police say. Costantino said police will explore upgraded charges when the investigation is completed. 

The charges stem from a shooting that happened Oct. 1 about 6:05 p.m. at the Southwyck Apartments. Police went to the complex to investigate a shots-fired report. Officers arrived and discovered Mason, 20, lying on the ground with several gunshot wounds in his torso, Costantino said.

Paramedics took Mason to University Hospitals’ Elyria campus where he later died. 

The day after Green and Cheers were arrested, firefighters responded to the Southwyck Apartments for a small fire that police suspect was arson.

When Elyria firefighters arrived about 6:15 a.m. on Oct. 4, they saw a plastic bottle filled with a flammable liquid -- probably gasoline -- that was thrown into a hallway on the lower level of the building, a fire department spokesman said. 

The Molotov cocktail flashed and created a lot of smoke, a part of the carpet was charred, but no one was hurt, Costantino said. 

“There’s a lot of tension in that area,” Costantino said of the apartment complex.

Green lives in the building where the Molotov cocktail was thrown and Mason was shot, court records show. Mason lived in the apartment building directly across the street, Costantino said. 

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