Marty Gibson said she has no doubt a lot of the drama that unfolded in the aftermath of a fatal shooting in Warren on Monday likely took place in a field near her home in Lordstown.
Gibson said she was traveling down Route 45 on her way home to Palmyra Road when her brother called her to tell her police had all the roads in the immediate area blocked off because there was an armed man on the loose out in the fields.
"We couldn't get home, and we were trying to see if there was a way we could get to our house, but everything was blocked. We waited it out at my brother's house," she said. "They must have been pretty much in my back yard though."
Dozens of police from several local agencies including Warren City, Warren Township, Lordstown and the Ohio State Patrol assisted with the manhunt that initiated just before 10 p.m. after the shooting at Atlantic Beverages in Warren that left 22-year-old Khaled M. Nassar dead.
The search was called off "officially" around 1 a.m.; however, several police units from various local agencies continued to patrol the area into Tuesday morning.
Monday's shooting was the second at the store located at the corner of Atlantic Street and Vine Avenue in two days. A Sunday night shooting left Shane Stein, 17, with a gunshot wound to his elbow.
A Warren Township woman, who did not want her name published, said a friend was bringing her home from Packard Music Hall in Warren on Monday when they came upon a police road block near her residence at Palmyra and Hewlett Gifford roads.
"There was a sheriff's car blocking the road and a deputy holding a shotgun," she said. "There were cops everywhere."
She said the women told a police officer they needed to go that way so she could get home.
"He said we would have to find another way around and when my friend asked him what was going on he said there was a shooter on the loose and that he had already shot someone," she said. "He asked me 'do you really wanna go home?' "
She said she called her husband who was home, told him what was going on and realized he had not been aware of the large police presence near his home.
Local police had pursued the unidentified gunman through several communities including Warren, Warren Township and Lordstown.
Warren Township Police Chief Don Bishop said that although the chase was called off "officially" in the township around 1 a.m., he felt it was necessary to keep police in that area ''just in case'' and ''for the safety'' of residents. He said officers continued to keep an eye on the area throughout the day.
Bishop said the search was especially challenging because police had little to go on and no description of the gunman.
The manhunt kept some area residents locked inside their homes as police contacted local media outlets and posted warnings about the armed man on the loose on social media including Facebook. Numerous residents reported they were unable to get home because of road blocks and police searches taking place.
Police said they last saw the suspected gunman around Palmyra Road along the Warren, Warren Township and Lordstown borders.
"It was a crazy night for sure," one Warren Township man said. "It was something."
Since then, several area residents called the Tribune Chronicle newsroom expressing concern that they were not made aware of the circumstances leading to the extensive police presence.
"I know Warren Township police had it on their Facebook page but not everyone is on Facebook," one woman said. "With all of those police I think they could have spared someone to come to our homes and let us know what was going on. Some people had no clue. I just think it would have been wise."
"Many people were left in the dark," she said. "Unless you saw it on Facebook or the news or someone else saw it and let you know, you might not have known. I think they should have let residents know."