Witnesses reported seeing a car leaving at a high rate of speed.
By PATRICIA MEADE
VINDICATOR CRIME REPORTER
YOUNGSTOWN -- Six shots, two dead.
James R. Thomas of Pittsburgh died first, around 11:45 p.m. Thursday.
Police officers Kelly Lamb and Robert Giovanni found Thomas lying face up in the grass in the 2800 block of Ridley Avenue, shot in the right leg. Thomas, no age given, was dead at the East Side shooting scene.
Nearby, the officers saw 25-year-old Sean Howard lying on his side, gravely injured and trying to speak. The Ridley Avenue man had been shot in the right cheek, chest, left neck and groin.
Howard was pronounced dead at 3:55 a.m. today at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Two cars, Howard's 1988 Cadillac Deville, and Thomas' 2002 Dodge Stratus, were towed away and will be held for Detective Sgts. Jose Morales and John Kelty, who investigated at the scene.
Witnesses who live in the area told police they heard six gunshots. Some heard an argument that involved possibly four or five men, reports show.
After the gunfire, a car was seen leaving at a high rate of speed.
Records at Youngstown Municipal Court show that Howard was in court in March and found guilty of drug abuse.
He had also been in court in February and found guilty of driving without a valid license and loud music. Judge Elizabeth A. Kobly placed him on one year's nonreporting probation and ordered him to get a valid license.
Howard's convictions in the city include disorderly conduct, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle (amended from carrying a concealed weapon) and menacing (amended from felonious assault).
The homicides are the city's 21st and 22nd of the year.
Rulings are pending on two other deaths. At this time last year, the city had recorded 18 homicides.
The city's last homicide also took place on the East Side. Dorian Burns was found July 31 in a Forestview Avenue kitchen, shot multiple times. The 20-year-old South Side man was unknown to the woman who rents the house where he was found.