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Published: Monday, 3/28/2005

Feuding is suspected as motive in slaying

BY CLYDE HUGHES
BLADE STAFF WRITER

A 24-year-old Parkdale Avenue man was shot to death early yesterday while leaving a party in the 1300 block of Belmont Avenue, and Toledo police were looking last night for two men in connection with his death.

Leandrew K. Jones of 1704 Parkdale was pronounced dead at St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center. Authorities say the shooting followed a string of disputes with the suspects.

Police said Mr. Jones was walking from the party when they believe a suspect jumped from a vehicle and shot him in the head. Police found Mr. Jones on the ground near 1307 Belmont at 4:13 a.m. with the bullet wound. Authorities have issued arrest warrants for Paul L. Moses and Marcus Odoms, 27. Both are charged with murder and four counts of felonious assault for shooting at witnesses who followed them after the shooting.

Sgt. Tim Noble said Mr. Jones and Mr. Moses had fought months ago but had not seen each other again until early yesterday at the Blueprint Sports Bar & Lounge, 1919 Monroe St.

Sergeant Noble said the men began to scuffle at the bar before security personnel threw them and other patrons out. The fight continued on the street, and Noriea Carrington, 25, was run over by a vehicle during the chaos.

Ms. Carrington was treated at St. Vincent Mercy, a hospital spokesman said. Sergeant Noble said the victim and the suspects showed up at St. Vincent Mercy and had to be separated by hospital security officers.

Authorities said Mr. Jones had left another party shortly after 4 a.m. and was walking along Belmont when he was confronted again by two suspects.

Witnesses told police they were shot at after they began following the vehicle carrying the suspects - a maroon Chevy Blazer.

Sergeant Noble said the driver of the Blazer has not been charged but could be later. He said police are interested in talking to the driver.

"There were a lot of participants and a lot of people involved," Sergeant Noble said. "In the end, you still have one person shot by another."

Mr. Jones' brother, Marcus, 20, was at the slaying scene with several other men yesterday.

The younger Mr. Jones said his brother was just trying to mind his own business.

"He was an independent man who took care of himself," Marcus Jones said. "He was a good brother, a good father to his daughter."

Marcus Jones said he and friends plan to make T-shirts in his brother's honor. He said he just wanted to let people know he was a good person.



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