NILES, Ohio (WYTV) – One man is dead after a shooting in Niles late Sunday.
The victim was identified as 39-year-old Thomas J. Carr, of Niles.
Another man, 19-year-old Dylan Hilty, was shot but ran from the scene. He underwent surgery at Trumbull Regional Medical Center.
Niles police said the shooting happened late Sunday night, just before midnight at 109 W. First Street.
The moments leading up to the deadly shooting were captured during a 911 call:
Dispatcher: Where is your emergency?
Caller: Can you get somebody down here ‘cuz these people coming over here harassing us at 12 o’clock at night.
It’s that call that sheds some light on the moments leading up to the violent encounter. What happened a minute later took a turn for the worse.
Dispatcher: Does anyone have any weapons?
Caller: In mine, no. OK and Bow they’re walking up. OK, hurry up.
Dispatcher: Stay on the line with me. Let me get someone out there, OK?
Caller: What is OK?…(gunshots)..don’t shoot!
Police say there was some sort of confrontation between Carr, Hilty, plus another man and the people who live at the home.
“We heard a bunch of people yelling, and then a bunch of gunshots and all kinds of police and everything showed up,” a neighbor said.
911 caller: Gunshots were fired like, two seconds ago and that’s not normal around here.
Dispatcher: Gunshots fired?
911 caller: Yeah, there were like, six or seven shots fired.
Investigators say a 16-year-old boy who lives there fired upon the group.
“Some of the information says that it may be over a suspected theft or a belief that someone may have been involved in a theft,” said Capt. John Marshall.
Carr, who had been shot multiple times, was found dead in the backyard.
Marshall says it’s too early to tell if there was an exchange of gunfire in the backyard. Detectives were back at the scene late Monday, taking pictures and collecting more possible evidence in the case.
Investigators say they will be consulting with juvenile prosecutors to determine what charges, if any, will be filed in the case.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol helped with the scene. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is now helping the Niles Police Department and the Trumbull County Prosecutor’s Office.