The Mansfield Division of Police responded to a 911 call for assistance at the MotoMart at 1050 W. 4th Street, Sunday morning May 1st, 2022 at approximately 2:51AM, in reference to a 31-year-old male suffering from a gunshot wound. Once at the location, officers located the victim, Kenneth D. Norris (B/M, 31-years-old), near the door of the business suffering from a bullet wound to the head. The victim was immediately transported to a local hospital where he underwent surgery and was left in the care of hospital staff. No further information on his condition is available at this time.
The preliminary investigation has revealed that the suspect approached the male victim and an unknown female in the parking lot of the incident location. The suspect smacked the female subject across the face and then proceeded to pistol whip the male victim, who fell to the ground. Once on the ground, the suspect shot the victim in the head. The suspect, who was with another female, then fled in a white colored SUV, prior to police arrival. That white SUV has been recovered. The suspect is now believed to be in a white 2006 Kia Sportage with Ohio license plate JAE5836, which comes back to a relative of his girlfriend.
During the investigation, the shooting suspect was identified as Michael A. Childress (see attached photo and information). Mr. Childress is wanted on a Felony warrant for “Attempted Murder” and is believed to be involved in at least one other shooting incident, that resulted in a head wound, within our city over the past 2 weeks. Mr. Childress is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If seen, please call 911 and/or contact local law enforcement. We are asking that anyone who may have seen the altercation and/or the shooting to please call Major Crimes at (419) 755-9724.