A 24-year-old Oberlin man was found dead shortly after noon last Tuesday, shot once in the chest on the city’s south side, according to police.
Police identified the victim Friday as Steven Davis of 40 Groveland St., and formerly of Cleveland.
The death is classified a homicide because evidence on the scene suggests Davis’ injuries were not self-inflicted, Lt. Mike McCloskey said.
Oberlin officers were notified at 12:12 p.m. of a 911 emergency call from a man “reporting he could see his cousin and blood,” said a statement from the department.
The caller told a 911 dispatcher the incident occurred at 40 Locust St., but police say it happened at 40 Groveland. The addresses are back-to-back on opposite sides of the same block.
“There was a single gunshot wound (to) the decedent’s chest evident to the initial responding officers,” he told the News-Tribune. “However the extent and nature of the decedent’s injuries will have to be confirmed by the coroner’s office. The investigation is in the preliminary stages, so speculating wouldn’t be productive at this point. We are exploring all available leads and information regarding the incident.”
Officers barricaded Locust Street between South Pleasant and South Main streets with cruisers and had police tape wrapped around two houses, prohibiting traffic and bystanders from getting near to the home.
The Oberlin K-9 unit was on the scene and five police cruisers lined the street near the Rt. 58 intersection.
Approached on the scene, police chief Juan Torres classified the incident as “a suspicious death” but declined additional comment.
According to Lorain County property records, the house in question is owned by VPK Ltd. No other owner information was available.
Anyone with information relevant to the case should contact Det. Jessica Beyer at 440-774-1061.
Below is a transcript of the 911 call released in the wake of Tuesday’s fatal shooting.
Dispatcher: 911, what’s the address of your emergency?
Cousin: I need a… I need an ambulance, ASAP.
Dispatcher: OK, what’s the address?
Cousin: Oberlin, I’m not sure what my cousin’s address is. I’m about to look.
Dispatcher: Do you know what’s going on there?
Cousin: Man, I don’t know. I can’t… he looks like he’s not… he’s not responding
Dispatcher: Is he breathing?
Cousin: I can’t really tell what’s going on, sir. Like, he’s out of it, completely out of it, and I’ve been trying to call him and I just got back. I’m on, you know where the… (inaudible)
Dispatcher: OK, what’s the address? What’s the house number?
Cousin: Um, I’m not sure sir, ‘cause it’s like it’s like an efficiency in the back. It’s like 40.
Dispatcher: OK, 40 Locust St. OK, and what’s going on with him?
Cousin: I don’t know, sir. Like, he’s done. He’s like done. Like, I’ve never seen this before.
Dispatcher: How old is he?
Cousin: He’s 25.
Dispatcher: OK, does he have any history of drug use?
Cousin: Huh? No. Sir he’s bleeding. I can tell he’s bleeding.
Dispatcher: Where is he bleeding? He’s bleeding you said?
Cousin: I can’t tell. I can’t tell where he’s bleeding at, sir.
Dispatcher: OK. Stay on the line.
Dispatcher calls Oberlin police.
OPD: Oberlin police.
Dispatcher: Yeah, hi. I’m going to have an ambulance going over to 40 Locust St. He thinks that’s the address. It’s some type of duplex. He said he went over and his cousin, he doesn’t know what’s wrong with him but he sees blood. That’s all the information I can get from him at this point.
OPD: OK. 40 Locust?
OPD: All right. Thanks. Bye.
Dispatcher calls LifeCare Ambulance.
Dispatcher: Yeah, I have a request for an ambulance for 40 Locust St.
LifeCAre: Four zero Locust St.
Dispatcher: Oberlin. I have a 25-year-old male, unknown problem. Somebody’s reporting that he’s not responding properly and he sees blood but he doesn’t know where its coming from.
LifeCare: Oh, OK. (Inaudible) pick up.
Dispatcher: I’ve got the police en route also.
LifeCare: OK. Thank you. Bye.
Dispatcher: OK, sir?
Dispatcher: OK, sir? OK, are you there with him?
Cousin: Sir, I’m running in and out. Like I’m outside waiting for ya’ll. Like yeah, he’s not responding. His eyes is like in the back of his head, like, I’m looking at him, like, he doesn’t even look alive right now. He doesn’t even look alive right now. He’s not moving. He hasn’t answered his phone in hours.
Dispatcher: OK, one moment.
Pause for 29 seconds.
Dispatcher: OK, sir?
Dispatcher: I have everybody coming. I want you to go back inside with him.
Cousin: (Inaudible), man.
Dispatcher: OK. Sir? Sir?
Cousin: It looks like somebody shot him in the chest, sir.
Dispatcher: OK, so it looks like he’s been shot? It’s a gun shot wound?
Cousin: Yeah. Yeah.
Dispatcher: OK, is he breathing?
Cousin: No. I can’t tell, sir. He looks stiff.
Dispatcher: Can you see his chest rising?
Dispatcher: OK, and you can’t tell if he’s breathing? You think it’s a gunshot wound?
Cousin: It’s definitely looks like a gunshot wound, sir.
Dispatcher: OK. OK. Do you see anything laying around him. OK, don’t touch anything around him but do you see anything around him? Any types of weapons or anything?
Dispatcher: OK. I want you to go over… can you see if he’s breathing at all?
Dispatcher: Can you just touch him to see if he’s warm?
Cousin: Sir, he looks dead, sir.
Dispatcher: OK, can you touch him to see if he’s warm or cold?
Cousin: He seems warm.
Dispatcher: He seems warm?
Dispatcher: OK. Do you see any guns or anything lying around?
Cousin: Sir, I don’t see anything but my cousin ran here.
Dispatcher: OK. Is there a lot of blood?
Cousin: It seems like it. So he’s been sitting here. It’s like dried up. I can’t tell if he’s laying on top of it or nothing.
Dispatcher: All right. Go ahead and go outside, then, OK? I have everybody en route coming there, OK?
Dispatcher: All right. Thank you.
Pause for 12 seconds.
Dispatcher: Is there anybody on scene there with you yet?
Cousin: Yeah, police are here right now.
D: All right, go ahead and talk to them.
Valerie Urbanik | Oberlin News-Tribune
Oberlin police barricade Locust Street between South Pleasant and South Main streets after finding a man shot inside a home.