The manager of Atlantic Beverages in Warren said he is still in shock over the Monday night shooting death of 22-year-old Khaled M. Nasser.
"He was like a son to me," Naser Jadeh said on Tuesday. "He would come in and out of the store. He hung around my son. He was a good person. You can ask anyone. People have been coming to pay their respects since we opened the doors this morning."
Jadeh described events of the night before including Nasser going into the store at 208 Atlantic St. N.E. at the corner of Vine Avenue and then walking back outside to turn off his car.
Atlantic Beverage, near Atlantic Avenue N.E. and Vine Avenue on Warren’s northeast side, was the scene of two shootings within two days.
"There was someone in the back seat," Jadeh said. "He was not given a chance to say anything. There was no fight or anything. He was shot in the stomach. He (Nasser) came back inside and pulled the gate down. We called 911."
Police on Tuesday said they had in custody a man who may be related to the shooting, but they still were trying to piece together the details. Officers did not release the name of the man they were calling "a person of interest."
The arrest came when police attempted to stop a vehicle with at least two people inside and a chase ensued. It ended near a gas well on Carl Street. Police said a man got out of the vehicle and ran away on foot, only to be attacked and bitten by a police K9 dog during the pursuit. Police were later able to apprehend him and he was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his wounds.
Monday's incident marked the second shooting at the store in two days. A Sunday night shooting left Shane Stein, 17, with a gunshot wound to his elbow.
Christopher Jackson, 16, of Warren Township, on Monday turned himself in to police in that shooting after a warrant was issued for his arrest, officers said late Tuesday.
Warren Police Lt. Jeff Cole said the investigations into both shootings are ongoing, but officers have no reason to believe the incidents are connected.
Warren Township Police Chief Don Bishop said officers there also were continuing to patrol the area where they lost sight of at least one man believed to have been involved in Nasser's shooting early Monday morning. The shooter or shooters fled the area following the shooting and led police on a chase throughout parts of Warren, Warren Township and Lordstown.
Cole said it is believed there was at least one shooter who fled in Nasser's vehicle. A police pursuit ensued and shots were fired from the vehicle at the patrol car forcing the officer to back off.
"The officer distanced himself but without losing site of the vehicle," he said.
Police said he was last seen around Palmyra Road along the Warren, Warren Township and Lordstown borders but police lost sight of him after he jumped out of the stolen vehicle.
Although the chase was called off ''officially'' in the township around 1 a.m., Bishop explained he felt it was necessary to keep police in that area ''just in case'' and ''for the safety'' of his residents. He said officers continued to keep an eye on the area throughout the day.
Bishop said the search was especially challenging because police had little to go on and no description of the gunman.
"We weren't even really sure whether we were looking for more than one guy," he said.
The manhunt kept some area residents locked inside their homes as police contacted local media outlets and posted warnings about the armed man on the loose on social media including Facebook. Other residents were unable to get home because of road blocks and police searches taking place.
"We just wanted to keep people safe," Bishop said. "We weren't taking any chances. That's why we called the news and asked everyone to get the information out right away. We put it up on Facebook. We were using any ways that we could to get the word out as fast as possible that there was a guy with a gun on the loose."
Lordstown Schools delayed classes for two hours as a precaution, school officials there confirmed.
Cole said police were continuing to collect evidence on Tuesday.
Monday's killing marks the city's 10th homicide of the year including the Oct. 19 shooting in which a Warren police officer fatally shot Taemarr Walker.
Police said Nasser's family previously owned the beverage store and that he had worked there in the past. However, Jadeh said Nasser, who lived on Englesson Drive N.W., longer worked there.
Jadeh doesn't believe Nasser was a target but rather a victim who was in the wrong place at the wrong time and that it could have happened to anyone who had been there at that time.
Jadeh said in the year that he has been at the store there has been no trouble with area residents.
"We have not had an argument with anyone," he said. "We have not had any trouble since we've been here."