LIMA — A man was shot early Friday after an apparent fight inside Harry’s Hideaway Bar on North Cable Road in Lima.
Justin McLaurin, 28, of Lima, was shot twice during an exchange of gunfire in the parking lot of the Bob Evans Restaurant located just north of the bar, according to Detective Steve Stechschulte of the Lima Police Department. He said the shooter was still at large late Friday.
Officers were dispatched to the scene at 1452 N. Cable Road just before 2 a.m., according to police officials. McLaurin was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center where he was admitted for treatment and was in stable condition late Friday afternoon, according to Lynne Lawson, house supervisor at St. Rita’s. No details were released as to the extent of McLaurin’s injuries, because of privacy concerns.
Cameron Rogers, 25, was arrested after the incident and was being held at the Allen County Jail on a charge of tampering with evidence, according to Lima Police Department officials.
Stechschulte said the shooting was still being investigated late Friday. He said at least three people, including McLaurin, were involved in the altercation inside the nightclub. He said McLaurin was struck during the fight.
A gun was recovered at the scene of the shooting but Stechschulte said he “highly doubts” it was the one used to shoot McLaurin. He would not elaborate.
Rogers is the brother of both Demonta Rogers and Terry Williams, who are suspects in two separate shooting deaths in Lima this year, Stechschulte said. Demonta Rogers is a suspect in the shooting death of Remeal Ingram at the G-Spot Bar in Lima on July 5. Williams is believed to have played a role in the death of Edward Henry outside an apartment complex Aug. 18.
Atosa Rogers, mother of Cameron Rogers, Demonta Rogers and Terry Williams, said Lima police officials were "slandering all my kids" by mentioning that they are related.
"What happened last night with Justin had nothing to do with what happened with Demonta and Terry," she said. "Cameron lives in Las Vegas. I just flew him at 4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Eve."
She said Cameron told her he did nothing wrong.
"He said he was helping Justin to get in the car to get to a hospital and the police arrested him and charged him with tampering with evidence," she said. "He said he was just trying to help."
Under Ohio's Revised Code, “tampering with evidence” includes any attempt to “alter, destroy, conceal, or remove any record, document, or thing, with purpose to impair its value or availability,” in an official proceeding or investigation.
The aftermath of the shooting drew remarks on social media.
“So does anyone know what’s up on cable at Harry’s Hideaway?” asked Mona Molly Watkins in a public post on her Facebook page around 3:22 a.m. “Went past about 20 minutes ago and there were tons of flashing lights! Many police fire trucks and ambulance with yellow caution tape all around! Looked pretty intense! Hopefully no one was seriously hurt!”
No one was at the nightclub Friday afternoon and no one was answering phone calls. The nightclub’s hours are from 7 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. It was scheduled to host the band Red Carpet Affair for College Night, according to its Facebook page.
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