Shooting investigated in Brookside

BROOKSIDE – One man is being held in the Belmont County Jail following an investigation into shots being fired at a vehicle in the Brookside area west of Bridgeport on Sunday around 3:30 a.m.

Jason Herman, 38, of 55551 Bloomingdale St., was booked into the county jail on a charge of felonious assault. His bond was set at $15,000. Herman was also booked on two counts of failure to appear. Bond on one of those charges has been set at $2,500.

According to Bridgeport Police, Herman and another man were walking on National Road when Herman allegedly used a 9 mm handgun to shoot at a vehicle traveling near the intersection of National Road and Patterson Run on U.S. 40.

Police Chief Andy Klotz said earlier that two suspects were being detained in the shooting. However, the second suspect is not being charged at this time. He said no one was injured in the shooting.

According to police, the victims stopped at the Bridgeport Police Station where they used the exterior phone to call for help. Police said the victims knew the alleged shooters, and that is how they knew where to find them. They were in an apartment located on Maple Avenue just off National Road.

Police surrounded the apartment and officers talked to them on the phone and got them to surrender.

For a brief period, U.S. 40 was closed in the Brookside area, and motorists had to use the Kirkwood area and Minellen Drive to gain access to U.S. 40 west and east.

As of noon on Sunday, Klotz said the weapon used in the shooting has not been recovered. Approximately10 rounds were fired at the vehicle with most of them being lodged in the vehicle. One of the bullets struck a nearby building.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation collected evidence and the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Belmont County Sheriff’s Office and Bellaire and Martins Ferry Police all responded to the scene.