Willoughby police, U.S. Marshals catch 4 who shot man

WILLOUGHBY -- The Willoughby Police Department and the United States Marshal's Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force identified and caught all four teens responsible for the shooting incident that occurred here Wednesday.

Just before 5 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to the Lake West Medical Center Emergency Room after emergency personnel reported that a man had arrived there with an apparent gunshot wound.

Initial investigation revealed that the man was shot outside of his apartment at the Willo Park Apartments on Euclid Avenue, just west of the hospital.

After being shot, the victim was taken to the hospital by a friend.

The man was flown to MetroHealth Medical Center by Metro LifeFlight for treatment.

At the scene, police learned that a white sedan occupied by four males arrived at Willo Park Apartments to meet with the victim sometime after 4:30 p.m.

One teen got out of the sedan and met with the victim in the parking lot. Some sort of disagreement occurred between the two which resulted in the victim being shot in the chest. It is believed that narcotics were involved in the incident.

As leads to the case developed, police asked for help from the United States Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, with whom Willoughby police have a partnership.

All four teens, the white Toyota sedan, and the firearm were found at various locations in Euclid and were brought back to the Willoughby Police Department for further investigation.

Three of the suspects were identified are juveniles. Two of them, both 17, were taken to the Lake County Juvenile Detention Center in Painesville and are being charged with delinquency to commit aggravated robbery and felonious assault, both of which are felonies.

The investigation is continuing with the third juvenile and charges of aggravated robbery are forthcoming, police said.

The 18-year-old was identified as Samuel Scott, of Euclid, and he is being charged with complicity to aggravated robbery, also a felony.

The victim, Welly Truman Vandergriff, 32, is listed in stable condition at the hospital.

If anyone witnessed the above incident or has information related to the case, please contact the Willoughby Police Detective Bureau at 440-953-4210.


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