YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Detectives believe the shots that killed a man who was riding on a scooter early Thursday evening were fired by someone in a passing vehicle.
Chief of Detectives Capt. Rod Foley said investigators were following up leads Friday in the death of the man, 34, who was found about 8:40 p.m. in front of a home in the 400 block of Almyra Avenue on the South Side.
Mahoning County Coroner’s Office identified the man as 34-year-old Christopher Cordero.
An autopsy will be conducted and the incident remains under investigation by the Youngstown Police Department and the Coroner’s Office.
Officers were called to the area for gunfire and found the man lying in the street, bleeding from a wound to his armpit. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where he died.
A woman was on the scooter with the man, but she was not injured, police said.
The man’s death is the 18th homicide in the city this year. Last year, Youngstown had 28 homicides. At this time last year, the city had 19 homicides, 18 by gunfire.
This year, 77 people have been shot in the city so far. In 2020, 98 people were shot in Youngstown. At this time last year, there were 54 shootings overall.
The area where Thursday’s homicide took place has seen lots of gunfire this year. From Almyra Avenue south to West Ravenwood Avenue, three people have been killed and four wounded. Five of those shootings have taken place since June 7.
Besides the homicide Thursday, a teenager was shot Wednesday in the 3500 block of Hudson Avenue and drove himself to a home on West Ravenwood Avenue.
A man was killed Jan. 1 at Almyra and Glenwood avenues and a man was also killed July 14 at West Boston and Idlewood avenues.
If anyone has information on this homicide, they’re asked to call 330-746-CLUE. Callers will remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward for information that leads to an arrest. Witnesses can also call the YPD Tip Line at 330-742-8929.