July 24, 2016

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Two men arrested after Medina Twp. shooting, third man in critical condition

Two men are being held at the Medina County Jail following a Thursday evening shooting in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen on state Route 18.

Terry M. Yuschak, 48, of Perrysville in Ashland County, is charged with felonious assault in the shooting of 22-year-old Martez T. Hope, of Brunswick.

Yuschak’s charge is a second-degree felony punishable by up to eight years in prison.

Terry Yuschak

Terry Yuschak

Mason Braun

Mason Braun

Township Police Chief David Arbogast said Hope, who was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland, was in surgery Friday afternoon and was not yet stable.

A hospital spokeswoman said Hope was in critical condition.

“We haven’t recovered the bullet or anything right now,” Arbogast said. “We’re sort of on the holding pad until we can get him stabilized.”

Also charged was Mason H. Braun, 18, of Medina Township. He’s facing a count of evidence tampering, a third-degree felony punishable by up to three years in prison.

Arbogast said Braun is accused of taking the revolver from Yuschak and trying to dispose of it. Officers reported they found the gun nearby behind the Bill Doraty Kia dealership.

The shooting likely was drug-related, the chief said.

A police cruiser runs its lights outside Dairy Queen in Medina Township Thursday evening.

A police cruiser runs its lights outside Dairy Queen in Medina Township Thursday evening. (KARIE SPAETZEL / GAZETTE)

“They were in court this morning for arraignment,” Arbogast said Friday. “We’re looking at felonious assault for the shooter, but that may change as we go forward with this.”

Medina Municipal Judge Dale H. Chase set Yuschak’s bond at $1 million and Braun’s bond at $100,000.

The shooting happened just after 7 p.m. in the Dairy Queen parking lot. Arbogast said Hope was in a car when Yuschak shot him from outside on the passenger side of the vehicle.

Arbogast said the bullet pierced Hope’s arm and entered his chest.

Nearby police, including Officer Matthew Ventura, responded and quickly captured Yuschak, who had fled on foot.

Yuschak has appeared in Medina County Common Pleas Court before. He was charged with burglary, assault and domestic violence in 2002 but was found not guilty by a jury in 2003. He was a Brunswick resident at the time, according to court records.

Hope also has appeared in county court. He was sentenced to a year in prison following a guilty plea to robbery in 2010, when he was 18.

Braun, who turned 18 in October, has no prior record in adult court.

Keep checking back for more on this breaking story. Contact reporter Nick Glunt at (330) 721-4048 or nglunt@medina-gazette.com.

Nick Glunt About Nick Glunt

Nick Glunt primarily covers courts and crime in Medina County. He served The Gazette from September 2012 to December 2015. Contact him at (330) 721-4048 or via email at nglunt@medina-gazette.com.