Staff Writer

ASHTABULA -- A 29-year-old city man was shot during an argument Friday afternoon at the corner of West 34th Street and Station Avenue, police said.

The victim, whose identity is being withheld by police, suffered severe injuries and was transported to Ashtabula County Medical Center. He was later flown by helicopter to a Cleveland hospital, police said.

Police received a 911 call of "shots fired" at 1:27 p.m., according to a police dispatcher.

When police arrived at the scene, Capt. Gerald Cornelius said a group of people had gathered at the corner.

"There was an argument and a gun was produced," he said. "Many shots were fired and the victim was hit more than once."

Despite the fact that the shooting occurred in broad daylight on a busy street with dozens of potential witnesses, police say they are having a hard time getting the witnesses to cooperate.

The victim's family accompanied him to ACMC.

Ashtabula police caught up with the man thought to be the shooter at 6 p.m. at the Greyhound bus stop on Bunker Hill Road, said Ashtabula Police Chief Ray Mattson. A female companion also was arrested at the bus stop.

Anyone with any information about the incident should call Ashtabula police at 992-7172.

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