YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – It’s been a violent 24 hours in Youngstown. Police are now investigating four separate shootings in the city, the latest one is a homicide that took place around 1:30 p.m. on W. Marion Avenue.
The other three shootings were at three different locations and occurred within a three hour period. Sources said four people were shot during these shootings.
Police said the first call came in from Himrod Avenue near the Expressway around midnight, where sources said two people were injured. Both are said to be in stable condition.
Police said a second call came in from Aberdeen Avenue around 12:30 a.m. where one person was shot.
The victim, 18-year-old Chantell Daniel, said he was sitting on the couch when he heard seven to 10 shots coming from the road. He stood up and was struck in the legs by two rounds, according to a police report.
He told police he had no idea who would shoot at him and that he didn’t see the vehicle involved.
Police reported finding several bullet holes in front of the house and shell casings on the street.
The third call came in around 2:30 a.m. from Scioto Street, where neighbors reported hearing around nine to 12 shots. One woman was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Rose Carter, executive director of ACTION, said it’s time for this violence to stop.
“As I looked at the news this morning I was appalled, I was saddened,” she said.
Carter is a community activist who has lived in Youngstown her whole life. She said crime seems to be getting worse in the city.
“Back in my day, we had a fistfight or we argued. But now, everybody will pick up a gun and shoot you,” she said.
Carter believes the violence is increasing because of the lack of sympathetic people.
“I see more violent crimes where people don’t really care. There’s nothing where people really care for each other,” she said.
First Ward Councilman Julius Oliver said one way to stop violence in Youngstown is to have a stronger focus on the youth and have more support from the city for organizations helping the youth.
“Organizations like that need city focus help. So if the police department was focused on the youth, if our parks department was focused on our youth [then] there’s more of a youth plan coming from the city. I think that will help empower our youth and empower our men in the inner city to change their mindset,” he said.
Police said they still haven’t found a connection between the shootings or a motive for the homicide.