LIMA — Lima Police Department officials were investigating a second homicide within a week after going the first six months of the year without one.
The latest Tuesday night left 24-year-old Carlton Martin dead inside a house at 844 Oak St. He was shot at least once in the side. The bullet traveled through his arm into his body, Lima Police Department Maj. Chip Protsman said.
The shooting also wounded 24-year-old Eric Irons, who was shot in the hip. He was taken to St. Rita’s Medical Center where he was receiving treatment for his injury, Protsman said.
Investigators have no suspects and no motive, Protsman said.
The call came in reporting the shooting at 10:55 p.m. Irons’ sister was one of the callers who said her brother was shot by a light-skinned black man with a ponytail wearing a mask.
“He was like half breed,” she said in her description to the police dispatcher taking the call.
The woman pleaded with the dispatcher to help her brother.
“He’s breathing. I think he probably got shot in the leg. I’m not sure,” she said. “Please come now.”
She said she didn’t know the identity of the masked man or where he took off after shooting her brother and the other man.
Another woman from a home on nearby cross street called 911 to report the incident.
“Some girl is running up the street and said somebody ran in and started shooting,” the woman said.
A frantic sounding woman can be heard in the background of the call. That woman said she ran from the house and could not describe the shooter.
“I just ran,” the woman said.
Martin’s body was sent to the Lucas County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy.
The home is owned by the Allen County Metropolitan Housing Authority.
Anyone with information on the homicide is asked to call Detective Sean Neidemire at 419-221-2595.
Last week, 21-year-old Quantez Tennant was shot to death inside a home at 431 Hazel Ave. Investigators have not made an arrest in that case. Tennant was shot once in the head while his 8-month old daughter was inside the home.
Protsman said having two homicides so close together is taxing on officers. The agency has nine detectives and two crime scene officers. Most or all in the detective bureau could be working the case to try to find the shooter, he said.
It’s also taxing on the patrol officers who are sometimes asked to assist detectives or follow up on information, Protsman said.