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Toledo police arrested a man Friday and charged him in the shooting death of a Toledo man earlier in the day on the city's east side.
Danny Kendzierski, 34, address unavailable, was taken into custody by SWAT officers and detectives who had executed a search warrant at 7 Magyar St., about eight hours after the 4:20 a.m. shooting in the Birmingham neighborhood.
He was held at the Lucas County jail on a charge of murder.
Lamine Wilson, 32, of Toledo was pronounced dead at 5:05 a.m. Friday at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, where he was taken after the incident. A second victim, Kenneth Lee, 27, was injured in the shooting and was transported to St. Charles with nonlife-threatening injuries, police reported.
Authorities say the three men were in a car together in the Birmingham neighborhood at 4:20 a.m. when they allege that Mr. Kendzierski shot Lee and Wilson inside the vehicle, then fled on foot.
The two shooting victims, police say, drove to Lee's residence in the 2100 block of Woodford Avenue, where they sought help from a relative.
Darrell Russell, 46, who said he is related to both men — Lee’s stepfather and Wilson’s uncle — said Lee appeared on his porch shortly after the shooting, bloodied and looking for help.
"He [Lee] kept saying, ‘I am fixing to pass out,’ ” Mr. Russell said during an interview Friday afternoon of when Lee woke him earlier that morning. Mr. Russell was at Lee’s home baby-sitting his grandchildren, who are 4, 2, 1, and a month old.
“He just came in and said they were shot. He had blood running down his face. And I was trying to call 911 but I just kept hitting 9. It took me five minutes to make the call,” Mr. Russell went on to say, tearing up as he spoke.
The Lucas County Coroner’s Office reported Friday that Wilson, whose last known address was on Belmont Avenue, died of a single gunshot wound. The bullet entered through his back then exited his front torso, said Dr. Diane Scala-Barnett, a Lucas County deputy coroner, who ruled the death a homicide.
Toledo police responding to a report of a person shot arrived about 4:30 a.m. at Lee’s Woodford Avenue residence and found both shooting victims, police said.
Wilson was transported to Mercy St. Charles Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life-threatening, according to police. His condition was not available.
The exact location of the shooting was unknown, according to police. A car with what appeared to be a bullet hole was recovered at the Woodford Avenue residence.
Police have not released a motive.
Mr. Russell said Lee did not tell him who did the shooting, or where and how it occurred. He did say he believed Lee and Wilson had been to an after-hours bar that night.
Wilson was a Waite High School graduate who did odd jobs as a car mechanic, an electrician, and a house painter, Mr. Russell said of his nephew.
“This is a big tragedy,” Mr. Russell said. “He was a family man. He got four kids by his wife. I had to give her the news, and she totally went berserk. They've been married for the past 12 years.”
Brooklyn Wilson, Wilson's wife, did not take phone calls from The Blade Friday.
She and Wilson have three boys, between the ages of 10 and 15, and a daughter, who is 8, Mr. Russell said. They moved to a new house near the Toledo Zoo about three weeks ago, he said.
The homicide is the 47th in metro Toledo this year and the 35th inside the city.
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