Man linked to Sunset shooting

A ”person of interest” wanted for questioning in connection with a New Year’s morning homicide at a Warren bar was taken into custody early Saturday morning.

Orlonzo Murry, 26, was arrested about 2 a.m. Saturday in Columbus by U.S. Marshals, Warren police Chief Timothy Bowers said.

Murry was wanted on a warrant on the charge of having a weapon in a liquor establishment. He is being held in the Franklin County Jail until a hearing can be held next week to return him to Warren.

Bowers said Murry is not a suspect in the New Year’s murder but he is a ”person of interest.” No other arrests have been made in the case.

Municipal Court records show the warrant for Murry was issued Jan. 15. It lists a Bennett Avenue N.W. address for him.

Bowers said police had been looking for Murry for awhile.

”We knew he was no longer in the area,” Bowers said.

Gunfire erupted just after 2 a.m. inside the Sunset Lounge on the corner of East Market Street and Elm Road. The gunfire after a fight on the dance floor left Cory Blackwell, 25, of Francis Street S.E., dead of multiple gunshots, and left a Warren woman wounded in the foot.

Police found Blackwell outside the bar.

The bar had been through some troubles before the shooting and city leaders were objecting to a renewal of its liquor license before the shooting. It has since closed.

Police especially were clamoring for the bar to be shut down after answering at least 20 calls over a four-month period in 2012.

A hearing to have the license suspended in February was canceled after attorneys for the bar’s owners stipulated to three of five charges against the holder of the liquor license.

Prior to the hearing, attorney James Sanders, representing the city, and Dennis DiMartino, representing building owner and license holder Joseph Sankey Jr., agreed to the charges of failure to notify the division of liquor control of a change of an ownership interest, that a felon had an interest in the liquor permit, and that liquor had been purchased from an unauthorized dealer are factually true.

Two other charges were eliminated.

The felon in question is LaShawn Ziegler, who was found to have “hidden ownership” in the lounge, even though doing so is prohibited under Ohio law after problems at previous establishments he owned.