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Detectives were able to interview two hospitalized victims of last week’s shooting at the Eastpointe on the Mall subdivision in Lake Township that left three people dead, including a 3-year-old boy.

Mark Hummer, the township police chief, said Thursday detectives had interviewed Janet Brown, 45, 3749 Laketon Terrace,  and Mark McCrory, 39, of the same address, about the shooting.

A spokesperson for St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center Thursday morning said McCrory was listed in serious condition and Janet’s son, Steve Brown, 26, was in critical condition.

The spokesperson said she could find no record of Janet Brown but she may have been treated and released.

Three township police officers responded to an emergency call around 9:34 p.m. Tuesday of shots fired at the Laketon Terrace town house where the three surviving victims lived.

The officers found Steve Brown outside of a nearby townhouse, suffering from a gunshot wound.

While one officer stayed with Brown the two others proceeded to the 3749 address where they encountered Jorge A. Duran, Jr., 24, in a parking lot.

Chief Hummer said Duran was killed when he exchanged gun fire with the officers.

Police listed Duran’s address as 1044 Albert St., Toledo.

Inside the townhouse, police found Janet Brown, McCrory, and Duran’s son Jorge A. Duran, III, 3, all with gunshot wounds.

In an apartment at 3621 Lakepointe Dr., a recently-formed SWAT team found the body of Amber Jones, 26, with multiple gun shot wounds.

Chief Hummer said Jones was the boy’s mother and Duran, Jr. was her former boyfriend. Jones apparently had a current relationship with Steve Brown, he said.

Police believe Duran took the boy from his mother’s apartment to the Brown townhouse where Duran shot him. The boy was later pronounced dead.

The night of the incident police interviewed a neighbor of Jones who lives in the same building and said she could hear screaming and gun shots but no one from the building called 9-1-1, the chief said.

“I’m not going to say that would have made the difference if we had a 5-minute jump it would have prevented the secondary tragedy,” he said. “But it sure would have been nice to have the chance.”

Police arrived on the scene within five minutes of the 9-1-1 call from Janet Brown.

Chief Hummer expects an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to be completed within two weeks or so. One aspect of the review will focus on the exchange of gun fire between Duran and the police officers.

Initial reports and witness statements indicate Duran opened fire on the officers and was subsequently shot and killed. Hummer said one of the officers was using a standard issue sidearm and the other an AR-15 assault rifle.

“It’s a horrible, senseless tragedy,” he said.

Police agencies from through out the area responded to the scene, including units from Walbridge, Northwood, Perrysburg Township, the City of Perrysburg, Genoa, Clay Township, and the sheriff’s departments in Ottawa and Wood counties.

The Wood County prosecutor’s office has also been investigating the incident.




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