Autopsy reveals victim was shot while sleeping


Shot six times, stabbed twice. His face and head beaten, probably with the same gun used to shoot him dead.

Michael Jackson was sleeping when he was attacked. No chance to put up a fight.

The gunshot wounds in his chest and arms are what killed the 20-year-old Toledo man, said Lucas County Deputy Coroner Dr. Diane Scala-Barnett.

He was stabbed once in a hip and a thigh, according to the results of the victim’s autopsy, which was performed Monday.

Toledo police continue to look for the suspect, David Zielinski, 33, of 3959 S. Berkey Southern Rd., Swanton Township, who is charged with murder. Officials allege that the suspect went to the home of his estranged wife, Amber Hayes, 27, at 1605 W. Central Ave., early Sunday morning and attacked Mr. Jackson.

Ms. Hayes and Mr. Jackson were dating, police said.

Police found Mr. Zielinski’s car, a white 1990 Ford pickup truck with the word “BEAST” painted on the tail gate, Sunday on Bancroft Street, Sgt. Joe Heffernan said.

Sunday’s homicide was only one in a series of shooting incidents.

Monday morning, three people were shot in two incidents.

The first was reported at 1:53 a.m. outside South Toledo’s Rocket Bar, 135 S. Byrne Rd.

When police arrived, they found Damon Mays of Toledo sitting outside the Pleasure Palace with a gunshot wound in his lower abdomen; Eliujuan Green, also of Toledo, was taken in a private vehicle to Toledo Hospital with a gunshot wound in his left thigh.

The injuries were not considered to be life threatening.

In the last 18 months, six people have been shot at or outside of the various businesses at the plaza at the Byrne address.

But Rocket Bar owner Todd Schmersal, 35, said Monday’s shootings were the first incidents at the club since he took over last April.

“I’m a little taken back by this,” he said. “I really made an effort to clean the place up.”

Mr. Schmersal said Sunday’s event was booked by a third party that rented the space. The bar had beefed-up security, including 27 security guards inside and five armed guards outside.

“You have to go the extra mile to keep everybody safe,” Mr. Schmersal said. “There were absolutely no problems whatsoever on the inside.”

Whatever prompted the shooting apparently started in a parking lot outside the bar.

No charges have been filed.

Sergeant Heffernan said the shooting put the bar on the police department’s radar and officials will look at calls for service, reported crimes in and around the bar, liquor-license violations, and neighborhood complaints to see if the department can present a liquor-license objection to city council.

Hours after the shooting outside the bar, at 5:15 a.m., Adam Anderson was on his front porch in the 300 block of Winthrop Street when he was shot in his left arm, police said.

The victim drove himself to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center for treatment.

On Sunday, at 4:08 p.m., Jamal Brown, 20, was shot in his left calf in the 1700 block of Macomber Street.

William Betts was wounded in a shooting at 4:30 a.m. Saturday at an after-hours club on Pelee Street near Dorr Street.

Police ask that anyone with information about the shootings call Crime Stoppers at 419-255-1111.