WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Police say a man was shot to death at a birthday party in a park in front of a crowd of people. Now detectives are asking witnesses to come forward.
It was a frightening scene at Quinby Park just before 10 Monday night.
Dispatcher: “Trumbull County 911, where is your emergency?”
911 caller: “Y’all, please get the police to Quinby Park, please! Can you all get — somebody’s been shot!”
Detectives say 26-year-old Robert Johnson was shot at the party in front of about 30 to 50 people, including children.
“This happened at a birthday party with children present,” said Warren Police Det. Michael Altiere. “I mean, this needs to be taken care of.”
“It’s extremely troubling, given the fact that this is the 12th homicide in the City of Warren in 2020 and it’s only July 1,” Councilwoman Cheryl Saffold said.
She and others, including the Community for Concerned Citizens, have worked hard to restore the park.
“We have asked the City of Warren for a few deterrents, hopefully, to assist us with crime, specifically here in Quinby Park,” Saffold said.
Some of those things Saffold has asked for include increased police patrols in the area, surveillance cameras and better signage telling people to stay out of the park after dark.
“It is a jewel or a diamond for this community and we want it to be safe,” she said.
At this point, no one has been arrested in connection with Johnson’s murder. Police are asking anyone who was at the party at the time of the shooting to come forward.
“The more cooperation we get with witnesses coming in and providing us the information we need, the faster we’re able to identify a suspect,” Altiere said.
People can also call Crime Stoppers of Youngstown at 330-746-CLUE (2583) with tips on the case.