MANSFIELD -- Two men were shot in the area around South Park on Monday just before 2 p.m., according to Mansfield police.
Capt. Shari Robertson said investigators were at the scene around 3 p.m. and working to piece together what led to the shooting, as well as to identify a suspect(s).
Initially, there was one reported victim. Later in the afternoon, police identified the two victims as Jamarion Grillier, 21, and Damauri Rawls, 20. Both victims were alert and no further information is being released on their conditions, Robertson said.
Robertson said witnesses told police the victims were stopped in their car in the middle of Brinkerhoff Avenue with their flashers on, facing south. A dark colored SUV traveling southbound then pulled alongside their vehicle, on the passenger side, in the southbound lane.
Shortly after, gunshots were heard and the suspect vehicle (a dark colored SUV) fled southbound on Brinkerhoff, towards Maple Street, police said.
Robertson said police responded to the scene on a report of "shots fired." While enroute, officers were told two men were at a local hospital being treated for gunshot wounds.
"Also, we realize that technology has increased the number of security cameras in many areas of our community. If anyone has video of the incident or the fleeing vehicle, please contact Detective Terry Butler at 419-755-9791 or Sgt. Matt Loughman at 419-755- 9761," Robertson said.
Police afterward blocked Brinkerhoff Avenue at the entrance to the park from Park Avenue West. Officers and at least one detective worked inside a widely taped-off area, ostensibly looking for shell casings or other evidence.
One Brinkerhoff Avenue resident said he had just finished mowing his yard when he heard three shots.
"I looked out the window and saw two cars facing (south). One took off and the other did a U-turn and went that way," he said, adding he heard tires squealing.
The man said he thinks the shots were fired from inside one car to the other. He said he didn't see any shell casings.
"I walked down there right away. I didn't see any glass," he said. "There were kids playing in the park. They said they saw a van. I didn't see any van.
"That's the first time anything (like this) has happened at the park since I've been here," the man said, adding he has lived there seven years.