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Published: Thursday, 11/14/2013

Toledoan, 26, shot to death outside club in S. Toledo

Death is 28th homicide in city limits this year

BY MIKE SIGOV AND TAYLOR DUNGJEN
BLADE STAFF WRITERS
Ann Quinn, mother of Jomar Quinn, sits with Juan Kane and other family and friends at her apartment in Toledo on Wednesday. Jomar Quinn, 26, of Toledo was shot just before 1 a.m. today. Ann Quinn, mother of Jomar Quinn, sits with Juan Kane and other family and friends at her apartment in Toledo on Wednesday. Jomar Quinn, 26, of Toledo was shot just before 1 a.m. today.
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A Toledo man shot and killed Wednesday outside a South Toledo bar was a Glass City Academy graduate who leaves a 3-year-old daughter, parents, and seven siblings.

Jomar Quinn was 26.

“He was athletic and he liked to have fun just like I did when I was his age,” said his father Joe Martin, 66, of Toledo. “And he stayed busy with his friends a lot.”

He also just recently started seeing a new girlfriend, Mr. Martin said.

Toledo police said they know who shot Quinn, and that the man, for now, will not face charges.

Quinn was shot just before 1 a.m. Wednesday after an argument broke out in a parking lot in front of Royale Place, 4216 Airport Hwy.

Quinn graduated from the academy in 2007, according to Stewart Jesse, its director. Before that, Quinn attended Scott High School, his father said.

As he spoke, Mr. Martin stood next to his wife, Ann Quinn, who cried as more than a dozen friends and family members looked on. They assembled Wednesday afternoon at a central-city apartment authorities list as Jomar Quinn’s address.

“He liked music and basketball,” his mother, 56, said, choking on tears.

Also surviving are Jomar Quinn’s daughter, MariaAnnah Quinn, 3, four sisters, and three brothers, Mr. Martin said.

When police arrived at the South Toledo club early Wednesday, Quinn had a gun “on his person,” Toledo police spokesman Sgt. Joe Heffernan said.

Quinn was indicted Sept. 26 by a Lucas County grand jury for carrying a concealed weapon and receiving stolen property in connection with a 38-caliber gun stolen from Toledo Police Sgt. Kevin Braun’s apartment.

He was subsequently indicted Oct. 17 for carrying a concealed weapon stemming from a Sept. 27 incident in which police stopped him at Oak and Second streets and found him in possession of a 9mm semiautomatic handgun loaded with seven rounds of ammunition.

Quinn was to be in Common Pleas Court on Wednesday for arraignment on both cases, but Judge Gene Zmuda dismissed the charges upon learning the defendant had died.

Sgt. Joe Heffernan said officials are not identifying the man who fired the shots.

“The person who shot him ... did make contact with police right away, surrendered his firearm right away,” Sergeant Heffernan said.

The shooter, who has a concealed-carry permit, gave police his side of the story and, after numerous interviews, police and the Lucas County prosecutor’s office decided not to charge the shooter “right now.”

Sergeant Heffernan would not comment on whether the shooter was a patron or employee of the club. Nor would he comment on whether Quinn, or anyone else, fired any shots.

It was not clear what the initial argument in the parking lot was about or who was involved. No other injuries were reported.

Dr. Maneesha Pandy, a Lucas County deputy coroner, said an autopsy showed Quinn was shot at least three times, once in the head, once in the torso, and once in the left arm.

Dr. Pandy ruled the death a homicide.

Quinn was pronounced dead at the scene, she said.

Funeral arrangements by Tate Funeral Services are pending, according to Mr. Martin.

Quinn’s death marks the 28th homicide in Toledo and 29th in the metro area this year.

Contact Mike Sigov at: sigov@theblade.com, 419-724-6089, or on Twitter @mikesigovblade.



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