YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — One person is dead after shootings in Youngstown on Tuesday. In all, police were at four scenes on Tuesday afternoon.
The victim was identified as Ray’mon Sims, 22. Sims was shot on the North Side of Youngstown on Tuesday.
Elijah May, 18, was arrested and charged with voluntary manslaughter and being a felon in possession of a firearm for his death.
Police said Sims was shot in his car, crashed into a home five blocks away at Alameda and Guadalupe avenues, ran into a yard on Crandall Avenue and collapsed there.
Paramedics were giving Sims chest compressions when they loaded him onto an ambulance. He later died at St. Elizabeth Health Center. When news of his death reached a crowd watching police collect evidence at Crandall, Catalina and Alameda avenues, several of them burst into tears.
May was arrested after he was questioned by detectives.
When asked why May was charged with manslaughter instead of murder, Chief of Detectives Capt. Jason Simon said he could not elaborate yet, but based on evidence collected at all three crime scenes across the North Side, voluntary manslaughter seemed like the appropriate charge.
The Ohio Revised Code says a person commits voluntary manslaughter when a suspect is “under a sudden fit of passion or a sudden fit of anger.”
At the same time as this shooting, another shooting took place on Pearl Street, on the East Side of Youngstown. One 20-year-old woman showed up at the hospital suffering from gunshot wounds.
The victim told police that she and a man were driving when someone began shooting at their car from a home. The victim is listed in stable condition. The driver of the car was uninjured. No one was inside the house when officers arrived.
Police placed at least 17 evidence markers at the scene.
Animal Charity was also there to handle a dog at the residence.
Police do not believe the Pearl Street shooting was related to those on the North Side.
No arrest has been made in the Pearl Street shooting.
Police were also in the 500 block of Tod Lane on Tuesday afternoon. Evidence markers in the middle of the road indicated where multiple shell casings were found.
Several shell casings were also found in the drive of an apartment building.
Police also questioned several witnesses at that scene.
Youngstown now has three homicides for 2023. There were five homicides at this point last year and 19 overall. The city has not had a homicide since Jan. 5, when two people were killed when a car they were riding in was shot up on Interstate 680 North.