No arrests yet in 2013 shooting

THE BARBARIANS clubhouse on Cass Township 215 remains boarded up seven months after more than 21 gunshots were fired there, wounding one man. Investigators say a lack of witness cooperation has hindered their efforts to make an arrest. (Photo By Randy Roberts)

THE BARBARIANS clubhouse on Cass Township 215 remains boarded up seven months after more than 21 gunshots were fired there, wounding one man. Investigators say a lack of witness cooperation has hindered their efforts to make an arrest. (Photo By Randy Roberts)

By RYAN DUNN
STAFF WRITER

Seven months ago, more than two dozen motorcyclists swarmed a Hancock County clubhouse. They left swiftly after one man was wounded in a flurry of gunshots.

One neighbor described the 21 gunshots as an “eruption” of gunfire.

But a lack of witnesses willing to describe the Sept. 21 shooting incident at 15270 Cass Township 215 has kept investigators from arresting a suspect, Hancock County Sheriff’s Detective Sgt. Jason Seem said.

“At this point, we’ve exhausted all our leads,” Seem said.

Dennis Hayden, 59, of Fostoria, also known as Scorpion, was shot during the incident at the Barbarians clubhouse, about two miles northeast of Findlay, Seem said.

Hayden appears to be recovering well, Seem said.

The shooting is believed to have been sparked by a territory dispute with a rival Detroit motorcycle club, Seem said.

The Barbarians motorcycle club moved to the property about five years ago, nearby residents said in interviews.

Deputies have dedicated more of their shifts to patrolling the area. They responded to a loud party there after the shooting, Seem said.

Detectives are still seeking information that may lead to an arrest. Seem said wide publicity about the shooting led to more false leads.

Ballistic evidence was obtained at the scene, but there is no credible suspect, he said.

Seem said the lack of witness cooperation with law enforcement was not surprising.

“That’s just the culture these groups display,” he said.

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