Toledo police are hoping someone can help them identify a vehicle they say was at Front and Main streets in East Toledo shortly before a murder occurred early Sunday at Greenwood and Walden avenues, a few blocks away.
Michael Macklin, Jr., 20, was shot about 1:12 a.m. while in the driver’s seat of his car while he was trying to flee others who may have gotten into an altercation with him at a downtown Toledo drinking establishment. He was taken by ambulance to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead shortly after 8 a.m.
Police today released video footage taken from a Toledo police camera at the corner of Front and Main. The footage shows a light-colored metallic SUV.
On Sunday, police were seeking information about a silver, General Motors sport utility vehicle that they said followed Mr. Macklin from Club Ellyzees, 319 N. Superior St.
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The death was one of two that occurred as a result of separate shootings barely three hours apart. The other one was in West Toledo.
While authorities said the deaths appear to be unrelated, they also don’t rule out the possibility of a connection.
The second shooting was reported at 4:18 a.m., barely three hours later, when police received a call about multiple shots fired in the vicinity of Ottawa Drive and Auburn Avenue in West Toledo. Michael Williams, Jr., 24, was found dead at the scene, between the Auburn Mini Mart and a closed Adams Laundry & Cleaners.
The apparent shooting was believed to have occurred in front of a small church.
Police released no motives. There were no suspects.
Autopsies on both victims are expected to occur today.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Crime Stopper program at 255-1111.