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Basketball coach held on $500,000 bond after Sandusky tournament shooting

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Published: Apr. 17, 2021 at 3:14 PM EDT
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SANDUSKY, Ohio (WTVG) - A man is being held on $500,000 bond after police say he shot another man in the parking lot at a basketball tournament in Sandusky on Saturday.

Mario J. Lacy, Sr., of Euclid, appeared in Sandusky Municipal Court Monday morning on charges of Attempted Murder. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.

The incident occurred around 12:00 PM Saturday in the parking lot of the Cedar Point Sports Center during a youth basketball tournament.

According to Sandusky Police, the verbal altercation started inside the facility between Lacy, who was coaching at the tournament, and an unnamed parent. That altercation continued in the parking lot.

While Lacy uses a wheelchair, he was in his car when he allegedly shot the victim.

The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

After the shooting, police say Lacy drove off from the scene. Officers were able to locate the car he was driving shortly thereafter.

The investigation is ongoing.

Ohio man charged with attempted murder in a shooting at a Sandusky basketball tournament
Ohio man charged with attempted murder in a shooting at a Sandusky basketball tournament(WTVG)

Sandusky police tell 13abc it was unusual to receive a call out to the Cedar Point Sports Complex.

“Since the complex has been open it’s the first call we’ve ever received from there for this type of situation. There’s normally never trouble at this place,” said Det. Sgt. Kevin Youskievicz. “People are there for athletic events to celebrate their kids playing either basketball or volleyball. We’ve never had problems like this before.”

Witnesses said it was a chaotic, confusing scene.

“We were getting trampled, falling down, everything... not knowing what’s going on,” said James Cammon, a parent of one of the players. “Plus all the shootings you hear that’s going on... people were like pure panic.”

The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

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