Man who fired shots outside Parma bowling alley in attempted robbery wanted, police say

Published: Apr. 29, 2023 at 10:20 PM EDT
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PARMA, Ohio (WOIO) - Alarming surveillance video showed a gunman open fire in the parking lot of a bowling alley, Parma Police confirmed, and detectives need help identifying the suspect.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward of up to $2500 for information leading to the arrest of the dangerous suspect who was just sitting in the bar moments before the shooting.

It was just after 2 a.m. on April 25 when surveillance cameras outside of Roll House Entertainment on Brookpark Road captured two men walking from the bowling alley out to the parking lot.

One man in a white T-shirt was casually walking when another person in a dark hoodie appeared to follow him.

Then, the man in the hoodie pulled out a gun and fired his weapon three times.

The victim in the white shirt somehow miraculously escaped being hit by the gunfire, turned and ran back inside the bowling alley for help.

At one point, the suspect with the gun initially turned and chased after the victim.

He then changed course and ran to what appeared to be a getaway driver in a white van.

Parma Police detectives believe the suspect was trying to rob the victim of his gold chain.

Robin Bobbitt of Parma said the bowling alley is for family, friends, and good times, not shootings.

“Can’t go to the gas station, can’t go to an ATM machine, can’t go to a church, can’t go to a bowling alley to have a family night without somebody running up on you trying to take what you worked for,” Bobbitt stated.

Bobbitt, who has young children, said he’s outraged that criminals are holding the community hostage with the escalating violence.

“Everybody got cameras now, and if you think you’re going to get away with something in this day and time you’re stupid. Seriously, because everybody’s watching,” he said.

In fact, the alleged shooter who Parma Police believe was attempting to rob the victim of his gold chain was caught up close and personal on surveillance cameras inside of the bowling alley’s bar.

“He was sitting at the dang gone bar and he even bought a few people drinks,” Bobbitt said. “Me personally, I’m just tired of all the gun violence. I had to bury my first born son, one month after his 19th birthday. Something more needs to be done about all this gun violence. People who shouldn’t have guns have guns.”

If you recognize the suspect or have any other information on this attempted robbery, call Parma Police at 440-885-1234 or call the Crime Stoppers tip hotline at 216-252-7463.

Again, you may be eligible for a reward of up to $2500.

Tipsters can stay anonymous and still earn the reward money.