A central Toledo man was fatally shot early Sunday morning near a nightclub, and an arrest warrant was issued later in the day for a suspect.
Ryland Garrett, 28, of 1421 Woodruff Ave. apparently was attempting to help a friend who was in a fight when he was shot. The shooting took place in the 100 block of East Bancroft Street at Vermont Avenue.
Toledo Police officers responded to a call of a person being shot at 1:47 a.m. and found the victim with a gunshot wound. Garrett was transported to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
A warrant was issued Sunday for Terrance Pernell, 27, whom witnesses identified as the shooter.
The victim's cousin Charles Wells, 40, called Garrett a "neighborhood guy" and said he grew up in the area where he was shot.
"All these people around here love him," he said. "He was a good dude to a lot of people."
The friend Garrett was trying to help fled the scene before the shooting, Mr. Wells said. He was surprised his cousin was shot because he said Garrett wasn't directly involved in the fight. "It just doesn't make sense," he said. "He has nothing to do with it."
Both the suspect and the victim
have felony records.
Pernell was convicted of attempted murder and receiving stolen property in 2004. He was sentenced to six years in prison and was released in February.
Garrett, meanwhile, was given 12 months in prison two years ago after pleading guilty, under the Alford doctrine, to aggravated assault in connection with a March, 2007 shooting. In an Alford plea, a defendant does not admit guilt but decides that pleading guilty is in his best interest. Garrett had previously received a six-month suspended jail sentence for improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle.
Garrett was the father of a toddler son. "They left his little boy without a father," the cousin said.
An autopsy is planned for Monday.