Suspected Amherst Township Park shooter turns himself in

By Valerie Urbanik -

Paul Kilgore

Paul Kilgore

Zachary Spurlock

An 18-year-old Amherst man who authorities believe shot Christopher McNeil, 18, of Lorain, in the face this weekend turned himself in Tuesday.

Zachary Spurlock, a 2015 graduate of Steele High School, is accused of pulling a .38-caliber gun on McNeil and shooting him at close range, according to Detective Sgt. Randal Koubeck of the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office.

He was wanted by authorities after the violent altercation around 2:22 p.m. Sunday at the Amherst Township Park on Middle Ridge Road.

McNeil suffered injury to his left jaw. He was take to University Hospitals Amherst Health Center, then flown by helicopter to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland.

Koubeck said McNeil was released Sunday evening from the hospital.

Two groups of men were arguing over an alleged theft and racial comments made on social media, he said. Spurlock and Paul Kilgore, 18, of Lorain, fled the park after the incident.

Kilgore is a former Amherst student who withdrew in 2012, according to Steele principal Michael May. It is unclear where McNeil attended.

Deputies were able to obtain witness statements from several people at the scene, according to an LCSO statement. Officers spent Monday interviewing witnesses.

Kilgore admitted to stealing a weapon from his father, Koubeck said.

“He’s been charged with theft of firearms in the Lorain Municipal Court and additional charges are forthcoming,” he said. Bond was set at $50,000.

He entered a plea of not guilty, according to court records. A preliminary hearing has been set for 1:30 p.m. Monday.

Spurlock’s whereabouts were unknown Monday. He was considered to be armed and dangerous.

He was charged with theft of firearms and additional charges are forthcoming, Koubeck said.

The second weapon was found and confiscated.

Valerie Urbanik can be reached at 440-988-2801 or on Twitter @ValUrbanik.

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By Valerie Urbanik