Trailer park shooting leaves four dead

MENTOR, OH – A quadruple shooting at the Mentor Greens Mobile Estates in Mentor, Ohio, ended with four deaths, including 47-year-old suspect Jason Norris. Authorities have confirmed Norris died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The altercation began on Thursday afternoon when Norris, who was facing eviction from the park, got into a confrontation with 62-year-old property manager Laura Colon.

Witnesses reported Norris brandished two handguns and fired at Colon and three others who tried to intervene, before retreating into his own mobile home. After several distress calls at around 4:30 p.m., Mentor police arrived at the chaotic scene.

The first responding officer found Colon dead on the scene. During this time, a second officer aided 63-year-old Terrance Mathis Sr., who was severely wounded in the abdomen. Despite attempts at CPR and swift transportation to a nearby hospital, Mathis Sr. succumbed to his injury.

Officers also discovered the body of 81-year-old Thomas Galizia, the third fatality of this tragic incident. A fourth individual, a 63-year-old man who was shot in his shoulder and thigh, was assisted out of his home by Willoughby police. He was immediately taken to a local hospital and is said to be in stable condition.

As police officers administered aid to the victims, Norris opened fire on them. The officers took cover and did not fire back. Teams of SWAT officers were soon deployed to surround the park, and the park residents were moved to the Mentor Senior Center for safety.

Unable to establish contact with Norris, officers used a drone to enter Norris’s home, shortly after 8 p.m. They discovered Norris dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot. Residents were able to return to their homes early Friday morning.