by Kyle Swenson
Last year, Scene shared the controversial story of Wayne Weber, a troubled Chagrin Falls father caught up in an ugly custody battle that had kept him from his nine-year-old son for two years [“Ripped at the Seams,” September 8, 2010]. Weber, 49, was killed March 18 in a shooting on Cleveland’s East Side.
Over the past couple weeks, Scene’s tried to piece together as much information as possible, but unfortunately, there’s not a lot out there at this point.
According to police, Weber and Pepper Pike resident James Lennon drove a Range Rover to an abandoned house on East 127th and Rexford Avenue, an area known for drug activity. After the two arrived, witnesses heard gunshots and saw the Range Rover drive off. Two black males were also seen leaving the area. Weber was found in the yard with a gunshot wound when EMS arrived. Lennon was shot in the stomach, but drove himself to the Shaker Heights Police Station; he was later taken to Huron Road Hospital where he fell into a coma. Weber died at MetroHealth Medical Center.
With two well-off white guys shot in a solidly black section of town, the story has attracted a lot of speculation and a fair amount of coverage from the media. But again, we've got little clarity outside of the who, what, where and when. Not the ever-slippery "why."
Last week, Scene spoke with a Cleveland homicide detective working the case who could offer nothing new. Earlier this week, the victims' families posted a $20,000 reward for information in the shooting. When we checked back with the police this morning, no one had called in yet with details. With such a high reward in the mix, investigators are hoping witnesses will step forward eventually. We’ll keep you posted on the investigation.
If you have information, you can call 216-25CRIME.