Warren man shot 2nd time this year

By Ed Runyan



A 34-year-old Larchmont Avenue Northeast man was in serious condition in the MetroHealth System of Cleveland on Thursday after being shot in the face Wednesday evening on Benton Street Southeast.

It’s the second time this year Craig Hoffman, 34, has been hit by gunfire.

Hoffman was shot at 7:52 p.m. on Benton Street near Draper Street.

He drove himself away from the scene in a red pickup truck, but an ambulance picked him up at South Street and Niles Road and took him to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital, police said.

Police said a resident of Benton Street reported hearing multiple gunshots. Hoffman told police that “guys drove him all around” and that the episode may have resulted from a carjacking.

Hoffman also suffered two gunshot wounds June 13 at a house on Warren-Sharon Road just east of Mathews High School in Vienna.

Vienna police said his wife, Brooke Hoffman, 38, shot him once in the thigh and once in the shoulder with a small machine gun after becoming angry with him over a text message.

Police said Brooke Hoffman drove a 1991 Camaro around the back of the five-plex house at 4499 Warren- Sharon Road, firing once at the house, then crashing into a motorcycle and entering the house.

She shot her husband, then they struggled with the gun, causing it go to off and graze Brooke Hoffman in the back of the head, reports said.

In searching the house afterward, police found numerous firearms, crack cocaine, powdered cocaine, drug paraphernalia, digital scales and items used in the manufacture of drugs, police said.

Both Hoffmans initially were charged with drug trafficking, but those were dismissed. Brooke Hoffman has been free on bail since Aug. 15 on one count of felonious assault and one of improperly discharging a firearm into a school or safety zone.

The couple had been granted a legal separation in November 2011.

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