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YOUNGSTOWN 1 dead, 1 hurt after shooting



Published: Mon, August 27, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



Detectives were unable to question the injured man.

By PATRICIA MEADE

VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER

YOUNGSTOWN -- Gunfire that "sounded like a war zone" and interrupted a peaceful afternoon of TV watching for a South Side resident left one man dead and another critically injured.

Police found Jonathan McClendon, 23, no address given, shot to death at 3:20 p.m. Sunday, inside a gray 1988 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme. The car had come to a stop in the grass off Hudson Avenue, just south of Princeton Avenue.

Bullets that ripped through the Oldsmobile also blew out the car's back window and flattened all four tires. Handgun and rifle casings, possibly as many as 30, were found near the intersection.

A stray bullet cut through a house in the 300 block of Princeton. No one was home at the time, police said.

A passenger in McClendon's car, Tyrell Oliver, 22, of West Myrtle Avenue had been shot in the torso, left leg and hand, reports show.

A woman and two men placed him in their car and dropped him off at Forum Health Northside Medical Center but didn't stay to talk to police.

Wasn't questioned: Because of Oliver's condition, detectives were unable to question him. Police took his clothing, described as all black, and two bags of suspected marijuana found in his pants pocket.

The hospital listed him in critical condition this morning.

The car that took Oliver to the hospital was found by police on West Warren Avenue, where a man was trying to clean blood off the back seat with hydrogen peroxide. The man told police he did nothing wrong, just took the shooting victim to the hospital.

McClendon is the second homicide victim in three days.

Last week: At 12:20 a.m. Thursday, police found 24-year-old Vaschon May shot to death in the woods behind 1015 Erie St., also on the South Side. May, dressed all in black and wearing latex gloves, was found with a gun near his feet.

McClendon is the city's 20th homicide. At this time in 2000, the city had also recorded 20 homicides.

A witness who heard the gunfire Sunday afternoon told police that he saw a black and silver Chevrolet Blazer speed east on West Princeton. A man watching TV on West Indianola Avenue said the gunfire sounded like a war zone.

Police from all over the city responded to the crime scene to maintain crowd control. Nearly 60 people had gathered to see what happened.

meade@vindy.com




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