Stow police continue probe of Osage Street shooting that injured two

Charges not yet filed in possible drug deal gone bad

by Jeremy Nobile | Reporter Published:

Stow -- A shooting at an Osage Street home March 2 that left two men injured in a suspected drug deal gone awry remains under investigation.

As of March 7, Stow Police Chief Louis Dirker said charges have yet to be filed in relation to the incident, which is being investigated as an attempted murder and drug trafficking case, according to the police report.

"We're following a couple leads, but nothing that's panned out so far," said Dirker. "We're cautiously optimistic we're on the right trail right now."

Police responded to a report of a man being shot saround 6:30 p.m. March 2 at 4034 Osage St. The call was made by an 18-year-old Stow woman.

When police arrived, Hiwood Avenue resident Jason Hoy, 20, was found with a gunshot wound to his hip. Hoy was transported to a nearby hospital where he was interviewed by Stow detectives.

Around 7 p.m., police received a call from medical personnel about a resident of the Osage Street address who was taken to an emergency room with a gunshot wound to his leg.

That man, Andrew Brown, 20, was also interviewed by police.

Dirker said neither of the men's injuries were life threatening.

According to the investigation, the victims allege three black men entered the Osage Street residence that night, and one of them shot both victims before fleeing the scene.

Dirker said considering the details police know so far, police believe the shooting was likely related to a drug transaction.

"I would say the evidence found at the scene and the circumstances would indicate to me that drugs were, in some way, involved in it," Dirker said.

He said the amount of marijuana seized at the home was "not pounds," but "still substantial." Some bags containing a white substance detectives suspect to be cocaine was also found, according to the police report.

According to the police report, five .380 caliber shell casings (commonly associated with handguns) were also found. Two bullets were also recovered: one from the floor and one from a wall.

According to the police report, other items recovered from the residence include three cell phones, marijuana paraphernalia, a digital scale and plastic containers with marijuana "shake."

Anyone with any information that may be helpful to the case is asked to contact detectives at 330-689-5731.

Email: jnobile@recordpub.com

Phone: 330-541-9400, ext. 4179

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