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Handgun recovered after shot fired in Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 18 July 2014 at 4:20 pm

Photos by Tom Rivers – Emmeritt Massey sits in a chair in front of her garden on South Main Street this afternoon after a bullet just missed her earlier today while she was tending to her flowers and vegetables.

MEDINA – Two men ran across South Main Street at about 11:30 this morning and then someone fired a shot at them, according to a witness.

Emmeritt Massey was working in her garden and she saw the commotion. Two men, one wearing red shorts and the other jeans, ran across the street and through her garden. A bullet was then fired and punctured a plastic lawn chair, only a foot away from her.

“I’m still shaking,” Massey said at about 3:30 today.

Several of her friends were there to comfort her. Massey has lived in Medina for 20 years and said she has never heard gun shots.

Several police agencies have been in Medina since the incident. A handgun was found behind MB’s General Store and Deli at the corner of South Main and East Oak Orchard streets.

Police officers say a handgun was found behind MB’s General Store and Deli this afternoon.

Residents who live next to the convenience store also heard a “pop.” They assumed it was firecrackers left over from the Fourth of July.

The couple, which requested their names not be used, were surprised to learn it was a gun shot. They said their street on East Oak Orchard has a lot of foot traffic, “but everybody is usually friendly.” They let their grandchildren play on the lawn.

“This is a real quiet place,” the husband said. “Nothing like this ever happens.”

One of the investigators at the scene said police will try to find out if local residents or out-of-towners are involved, and why was the gunman firing at the two.