WARREN - A Monday night shooting set off a car chase - in which shots were fired at police - that ended with a manhunt with a thermal imaging camera and a tracking dog in a field in Lordstown.
The suspect or suspects were still on the loose at midnight. A store clerk was taken to an area hospital to be treated for a gunshot wound.
Police Lt. Martin Gargas said the incident began after 9:30 p.m. when police were called out on a report of a shooting at Atlantic Beverage, 208 Atlantic St. N.E. at the corner of Vine Avenue. It was outside the same store where a 17-year-old boy was shot in the left elbow in an apparent robbery attempt on Sunday night.
In this case, an employee was shot and his vehicle stolen, Gargas said. He did not give the extent of the employee's injuries or his condition.
Patrolman near the area spotted the stolen vehicle, a white Yukon, and gave chase. Shots were fired at the pursuing cruiser.
The chase began around 9:50 p.m. and, according to police scanner traffic, moved east on Washington Street, onto Summit, south Tod Avenue, and west on Hewitt Gifford Road along the border of Warren Township and Lordstown. The shots were fired while the vehicle was in the area of Risher Road along Palmyra Heights
Just before 10 p.m., the driver abandoned the car in the area of Palmyra and Hewitt Gifford roads and ran into a field. Police searched the field bordered by the triangle of Hewitt-Gifford, Bacher and Palmyra roads on the Lordstown side of the Lordstown-Warren Township border.
Gargas said police canvassed the area with assistance from other departments, including Lordstown and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, but did not locate anyone. A perimeter had been established where the vehicle was found.
A thermal imaging camera was requested from the fire department
''We believe it is just one person,'' he said.
At 10:15 p.m. police forces followed the subject, who was announced as armed, into a clearing.
"We are in the field, do not shoot into the field," scanner traffic said.
Tracks were traced West through a field toward Bacher Road and police began to search nearby barns about 10:30 p.m. Officers also searched through the abandoned vehicle about 10:40, also advising over the scanner not to shoot at the vehicle.
Police warned residents living in around Bacher, Hewitt-Gifford, Palmyra, South Leavitt and Kibler-Toot roads to not answer their doors late Monday. Residents were told that anyone seeing someone in their back yards should call police immediately.
Police also are looking for either a Buick or Chrysler vehicle believed to have fled the scene of the shooting.