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YOUNGSTOWN Gunfire, BB shootings in city punctuate Easter weekend



Published: Mon, April 1, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



Police discovered broken glass, several shell casings and a trail of blood after one report.

YOUNGSTOWN -- City police responded over the weekend to several shootings in which two men were injured by gunfire and two children injured by BB guns.

Two men were hospitalized at Forum Health Northside Medical Center early Sunday after suffering gunshots to their lower right legs on the city's South Side.

A 19-year-old man from Campbell and a 20-year-old Youngstown man told police they were standing near the intersection of South and Cameron avenues at about 2:30 a.m. when approached by a man in a car who asked, "Where are you from?" When they said, "Campbell," he answered that he was from Youngstown and fired five to six shots.

Evidence found: Officers called to Krakusy Hall at the South and Cameron intersection about 10 minutes later discovered broken glass, several shell casings and a trail of blood in the parking lot, police reports show.

A 55-year-old man living on Cameron near the hall said he had heard two bursts of four to five gunshots each. He said his house had been struck by one bullet. Police recovered three shell casings and three bullet fragments.

Same intersection: About 2:30 a.m. Saturday, four women were in a car at the same intersection after leaving the Classic Lounge when a fight broke out and they were blocked in from behind by another auto from which a gun was fired, police reports show. The women, two of Columbus and the others from Campbell and Youngstown, fled. One gunshot damaged a front fender.

In an unrelated episode, an Austintown woman reported at about 7:25 a.m. Sunday that she was driving on Glenwood Avenue near Clearmount Drive on the South Side when she heard three gunshots, police reports show. She said the shots came at dawn and she later realized bullet holes in her hood, front window and back window.

At about 3:30 p.m. Saturday, a 28-year-old woman said she was a passenger in a car with a 27-year-old woman and the other woman's 5- and 13-year-old children when a vehicle pulled up behind them on Martin Luther King Boulevard on the North Side. The woman said her ex-boyfriend, a passenger in the other car, put his head out the window, yelled at her, pointed a handgun out the window and fired one shot, police reports show. No one was hit.

Officers were called to the New Hope Academy on Oak Hill Avenue on the South Side Saturday, where the school's principal reported that someone had shot a bullet into a north second-floor office wall. She said the building had been undamaged when she secured it at 3:30 p.m. Thursday evening and she noticed the damage at about 6:30 p.m. Friday. The building was unoccupied at the time of the shooting.

BB guns: Police also responded on Saturday to two BB gun shootings.

A 7-year-old East Florida Avenue boy was treated at Beeghly Medical Center after he was shot with a BB gun in the right side of the neck at about 4:45 p.m. in the South Side neighborhood. A neighbor said she saw her teen-age nephew, of Almyra Avenue, fire the gun at the boy and flee.

A 13-year-old Elm Street girl was treated at Forum Health Northside Medical Center after being shot in the leg by a BB gun fired by a 14-year-old boy when she went to his home on Brookline Avenue on the city's North Side at about 6:30 p.m. The boy said his home had recently been burglarized and he had answered the door holding the BB gun. He said the gun slipped and accidentally went off. He later said he and the girl had been talking on the front porch before the BB gun went off. Both children said it was an accident.




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