Friday, February 27, 2009


Elyria – After a nine member Grand Jury sat through 3 hours of testimony from 5 witnesses, including Jonathan Rosenbaum, the final word is that no charges will be filed for the August 23rd shooting of Rosenbaum by his son Aaron.

The case stemmed from a shooting on August 28th at the Sportsman Gun and Reel Club on Middle Ridge Road in Amherst Township. Rosenbaum and his and a friend were skeet shooting when the gun that Aaron Rosenbaum was carrying fired, striking his dad in the back. Aaron maintained that it was all an accident, although the 9-1-1 tape from that day suggested possible foul play.

9-1-1: "9-1-1, do you need Police, Fire or Ambulance"

Aaron Rosenbaum: "I need an ambulance; I just shot my father in the back. I’m very sorry."

For the next couple minutes the 9-1-1 Operator then attempts to get location and medical information from Rosenbaum’s son. Rosenbaum’s son, very upset, keeps saying that he is sorry for what happened. “He’s not very conscious, he’s fading fast. I just killed my father.”

Then at 3 minutes into the phone call with Rosenbaum’s son he says to his father, “I was just angry.” The following conversation took place between the father and son:
Jonathan Rosenbaum: “You fucking shot me on purpose”
Aaron Rosenbaum: “No, I did not, I’m sorry”
Jonathan Rosenbaum: “You liar”
Aaron Rosenbaum: “I did not shoot you on purpose”

The son then told 9-1-1 how he believed the shooting happened. “The shell was jammed in the gun, I was just trying to get it out and it just went off.”

Four minutes into the call Rosenbaum tells his son to stop talking to the 9-1-1 Operator: “He said you better hurry; he does not want me talking to you” 9-1-1: “This is not the police; I am trying to give you medical advice”

Moments later Paramedics from LifeCare Ambulance arrived on scene and the call was completed.

Although Jonathan Rosenbaum testified for the Grand Jury, Aaron did not.

To see the original story and to hear the 9-1-1 call: CLICK HERE


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