ROCKY RIVER, Ohio — Police are investigating the first homicide in the city since the late 90s.
According to Rocky River Police Chief Kelly Stillman, the shooting happened at approximately 10 p.m. on Tuesday in the 20800 block of Westway Drive, near Wagar Road. Officers were called to the scene after someone reported hearing a man screaming for help.
When EMS arrived, they found two victims: 39-year-old Michael D. MacGillis, Jr. and a 43-year-old man, who had multiple gunshot wounds.
Both were transported to Fairview Hospital but MacGillis later died. The second victim’s identity has not yet been released and he remains hospitalized.
“This is an ongoing investigation. I have every resource available to me at the police department working on this case,” said Chief Stillman. “We believe this is an isolated incident. We don't have an active shooter, somebody terrorizing the neighborhood, but it's important for the residents to know they have to be vigilant and keep their own safety as their number one concern.”
“Rocky River is a very safe, quiet place,” said Tom Hoffman, who lives on Westway and knew something was wrong shortly after the incident. “One police car turned into about a half a dozen and fire trucks and the front yard was full of people.”
According to police, they’re looking for the suspect’s vehicle, described as an older model, 4-door Sedan, dark in color, with the front bumper skin being lighter in color, possibly tan.
Meanwhile, Chief Stillman wrote the following message to residents concerned about the shooting:
“As your Chief I want everyone to personally know that I have every available resource on the Rocky River Police Department working on this case now. I am asking for every residents cooperation as this investigation unfolds, if you saw something or did not see something last night at around 10pm in the area of 20879 Westway please give us a call. Something that you feel is not important may be just the information that we need. I want to stress that this appears to be an isolated incident, personal safety is always a concern and in today’s society it is incumbent on each and every one of us to do everything possible to keep alert, vigilant and be aware of our surroundings. We have an excellent arrest and conviction rate at the Rocky River PD and as further information is available I will keep everyone informed. If anyone needs to personally talk to me I am always here to take your phone calls.”
Rocky River police can be reached at (440) 331-1234.
“If anybody saw something or did not see something, any information is extremely valuable to us, so please take the time to call us and tell us what you know, anything, any call,” said Chief Stillman.