HOWLAND - One man is in the hospital, and police here are looking for two men in connection to an early Sunday afternoon home invasion and shooting.
Police found the man, Matthew Cline, shot multiple times inside his mobile home inside the Forest Grove Mobile Park on Weir Road N.E. after a neighbor called Trumbull County's 911 Center to report the trailer's door was open, and ''it just didn't look right to them,'' said Howland police Assistant Chief Nick Roberts.
Cline, in his late 40s or early 50s, was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, where he was heading into surgery later Sunday evening, Roberts said. A condition was not available.
Tribune Chronicle / Ron Selak Jr.
This mobile home inside the Forest Grove Mobile Park on Weir Road N.E. in Howland was the scene of an early Sunday afternoon home invasion and shooting. Photo by Ron Selak Jr.
Police believe two men broke into Cline's trailer and shot him sometime before 1 p.m., which is about when the 911 call was made. ''That's really all we have right now,'' Roberts said.
''We're still in the early stages, we're still trying to piece this thing together,'' Roberts said.
A neighbor, Don King, said he and his stepdaughter's boyfriend, Allen Grossbeck, chased the men through the park toward Elm Road N.E. after his stepdaughter said she saw a man looking through a window of her home. Grossbeck and the woman live next door to the shooting victim.
''By the time we got to the other side of the park, got to the office, they were gone,'' King said.
Grossbeck said the shooting victim has lived in the mobile home park for about two months and that about two weeks ago, there was another incident at the home.
Police believe the suspects are black males and may be driving a red Ford Contour.