By Sue Botos
The person responsible for the shooting death of 39-year-old Rocky River resident Michael D. Macgillis, Jr. and the wounding of another man late Tuesday night is still at large, and Rocky River police are requesting resident cooperation in the ongoing investigation.
“I am asking for every resident’s cooperation as this investigation unfolds,” Rocky River police Chief Kelly Stillman stated at a press conference this morning.
The wounded man, whose name is not being released by police, is in stable condition at Fairview Hospital after having been shot three times. Macgillis was shot once.
According to police, Macgillis and a 43-year old companion were walking down Westway Drive at about 10 p.m. and exchanged words with the occupants of an older four door sedan, which according to the shooting survivor, was a dark color with the front bumper skin being lighter, possibly tan.
Although there were no witnesses, police received a 911 call at about 10 p.m. stating that a man was “screaming for help” and lying on the sidewalk in front of 20879 Westway. Neighbor Tom Hoffman, who said he was home at the time, stated that he heard no gunshots, and became aware of the shooting after police converged on the area. A man living on the other side of 20879 stated that he had resided in his home for 15 years. “I work in the heart of Clevealnd and came here to be safe,” he said.
Stillman said that the survivor was temporarily living with Macgillis, and that the two men did not reside in the immediate area. It was unclear why the men were walking down the street late at night in sub-freezing temperatures. Police did not elaborate on the exchange between the men and the occupants of the car, but Stillman said that he wanted to “stress that this appears to be an isolated incident”. Lead investigator Sgt. Bill Crates did not give details, but said that Macgillis and police have had “contact” in the past. Macgillis is a former resident of Lake County and North Olmsted. Crates did not comment about whether or not in incident involved drugs.
“Once we reinterview the survivor, we will know more,” said Stillman. Anyone with any information should contact Rocky River Police at 440-331-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463 or online at www.25crime.com.