A Cleveland man has been arrested and charged with shooting two people outside a Ravenna bar early Saturday morning, according to Ravenna police.
Police Capt. David Rarrick said officers responded at 12:36 a.m. to a report of a shooting in the parking lot of The Den Lounge, 110 N. Meridian St. Two victims who suffered gunshot wounds were transported to Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna, he said. Both were struck in the legs.
One of the victims was later transported to Akron City Hospital because of the severity of the injury, Rarrick said. The injuries are not considered life-threatening, he said. The victims' names will be released after family is notified.
An investigation revealed that a fight had taken place in the parking lot. Two suspects fled but were later found two blocks from the scene, Rarrick said. Both were detained, with Brian L. Weems III, 37, being charged with two counts of felonious assault, both second-degree felonies.
Weems was booked and taken to the Portage County jail pending an initial court appearance. More serious charges may be filed following his court appearance and after the case is presented to the Portage County Prosecutor's Office and a Portage County grand jury.
Rarrick said the police investigation continues.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Ravenna police at 330-296-6486.
Weems has a significant criminal records in Cuyahoga County. He was sentenced to two years in prison in December 1998 after pleading guilty to robbery, a second-degree felony, in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. In February 2003, he pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon, a fourth-degree felony, and was placed on one year probation, records show.
In February 2006, Weems pleaded no contest to a charge of felonious assault, another second-degree felony, and was sentenced to five years in prison.
Charges of felonious assault and having weapons under felony disability were dismissed in April 2012 after Weems was charged in an Oct. 23, 2011, incident, according to Cuyahoga County court records.
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