YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Two people are dead and a third wounded after a shooting about 9 p.m. Thursday in the 200 block of East Auburndale Avenue.
Lt. Mohammad Awad of the detective bureau said a 22-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman were killed and a 26-year-old man was wounded.
That person was taken to Mercy Health Center. His condition is unknown.
Two victims were found outside and one was found inside the home. Reports said that the deceased victims were found at the home.
A child may have also been grazed by a bullet, Awad said.
911 Caller (1): “They were shooting across the street from me. I need an ambulance ASAP!”
911 Caller (2): “You got shots fired on East Auburndale. Just send the police.”
Dispatcher: “How man shots did you hear, sir?”
911 Caller: “I mean, like five.”
Youngstown Police Captain Jason Simon says officers are dealing with a “critical incident.” He says detectives, the crime scene unit, and the patrol division are working the scene.
“They developed a working theory as to why this may have happened. We can’t share that right now because it’s under active investigation,” Simon said.
Police have several houses on the street blocked off with crime scene tape.
Awad said all detectives are sure of so far is that there was not a drive-by shooting.
Tensions flared when police tried to search a house across the street from the crime scene. There was a loud sound of breaking glass and a man and woman yelled that police needed a warrant.
One officer could be heard saying, “I told you why, we don’t need a warrant.”
The man kept screaming, “My kids are in here!” while police tried to hold him back as they went inside.
It is not clear why police were inside the home or who broke the glass, although the people at the house claimed police broke it.
Youngstown now has 13 homicides for 2023. Last year, the city had 19 homicides. This latest incident comes as police are continuing their “Impact Initiative” with the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office and the State Highway Patrol to help reduce crime.
“Crime is still, generally down, which is great and our drug and gun arrests are up,” Simon said.
Anyone with information is asked to call the YPD tip line at (330)-746-8973 or Crime Stoppers at (330)-746-2583.