SANDUSKY, Ohio (WOIO) - A man was injured Saturday after an argument devolved into a shooting at Cedar Point Sports Center in Sandusky, according to a media release from the Sandusky Police Department.
The altercation, which involved multiple people, took police in the parking lot outside the center at 2701 Cleveland Rd W in Sandusky.
Shortly before noon Saturday, a man was shot during the altercation, according to the release. He was taken to Fireland Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
It’s estimated there may have been close to one hundred children, parents, and coaches inside the complex when the gunfire erupted outside.
Police arrested Mario J. Lacy Sr., of Euclid, Ohio, shortly after the incident according to the report. He had left the scene in his car, but police were given a good description of the vehicle.
“It was just mayhem,” said Dayton father James Cammon in town with his son for the youth basketball tournaments. “Everybody runs out that corner door, and it’s only about this wide. So people were getting trampled, falling down and everything.”
Sandusky Police say they are now getting conflicting reports about what led to the argument and shooting, but coach and parent Jay Brown from Chicago, as well as others told 19 News it centered on playtime.
“A parent got into it with a coach about playing time,” said Brown. “Then he got into it with the other coach — I guess on the opposite team. They got in a tussle in the gym. They pushed it outside and then followed... the coach to his car.”
“We’re still trying to determine what actually caused this,” said Sandusky Police Detective-Sergeant Kevin Youskievicz. “What led to an altercation, and a gun being pulled and someone being shot?”
According to police, they can confirm that both the victim and the suspect were at the sports complex for the tournaments.
According to the media release, Lacy has been charged with attempted murder and is being held in the Erie County Jail. More charges are possible after the prosecutor reviews what happened.
It’s believed the two people involved knew each other. But some parents at the complex like Cammon say with all the mass shootings happening nationwide, it’s not a matter of if anymore, but when.
“You keep reading about this stuff, and you’re wondering is it going to be us today? You don’t know,” he said.
This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.