WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) - A man wanted in a fatal shooting over the weekend in Warren has been arrested, but several violent incidents over the weekend and Monday morning led to LaBrae schools going on alert.
TaShawn Walker, 26, was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Baytown, Texas Monday morning in connection with the fatal shooting of Richard Rollison, 24, outside a gas station on Tod Avenue.
Rollison was gunned down at the Sunoco gas station at the corner of Tod Avenue and West Market Street early Saturday morning. He was rushed to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he later died from his injuries.
Police said they did not know why Rollison was targeted.
Rollison's sister, Tamisha Rollison, said she is devastated by her brother's murder. She also said her brother identified TaShawn Walker as his killer before he died.
"He was lying on the ground. He told my dad 'they shot me dad.' And he told my dad who did it," she said.
"My brother was a good person. I don't know why anybody would want to hurt my brother. He didn't have no enemies, no nothing. I don't get it. What's is the point of you all hurting a person who don't do nothing to anybody," Tamisha said.
Police said TaShawn Walker, the brother of Taemarr Walker, who was shot and killed by a Warren police officer last weekend, was wanted in Rollison's shooting and in connection with another shooting earlier Saturday evening outside the J&L Lounge, 1957 Highland Ave. N.W.
Tashawn and Taemarr's father, Thomas Walker, was with TaShawn when he allegedly went into the bar.
Walker's family members accused party goers at the J&L Lounge of celebrating Taemarr Walker's death.Police said a fight started in the bar and then spilled over into the parking lot, where six shots were fired. One person was taken to the hospital.
Tamisha said she was shocked to hear Tashawn Walker was accused of pulling the trigger.
"I know him. I never would thought that it would be like this because we was all close since we was little. I feel like, I know I shouldn't say this, but I feel like what happened to my brother should happen to him," she said.
In the wake of the weekend violence, Warren police and city leaders held a press conference Monday to update the community on the investigation and to urge witnesses to come forward.
Police said they asked local bars Taemarr Walker was known to frequent to close early this past weekend in hopes of averting confrontation. All establishments complied, including the J&L Lounge. However, a private party was allowed to go on as planned at the bar.
Warren Mayor Doug Franklin is urging patience with the community as police investigate the shootings.
"It's very disheartening because another person has lost his life. Once again, I would ask that the citizens be patient. We're on top of it and we're doing our job as law enforcement," said Mayor Doug Franklin.
Also on Monday, Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers increased patrols in the city of Warren because of the violent incidents over the weekend.
Police were called to a shooting on Jackson Street S.W. around 11 a.m. Monday. At the same time, nearby LaBrae schools kept students inside and put teachers on alert.
The superintendent said the schools did not go on full lockdown, but did send text messages to parents to inform them of the situation.
No gunman was ever spotted on campus.
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