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Gas customer shot in neck when caught in crossfire



Published: Mon, February 25, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



A bullet went through the store window, missing a clerk and a customer inside.

By JoANNE VIVIANO

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

YOUNGSTOWN -- A bystander attempting to pay for gas at a South Side station was shot in the neck as two gunmen fired toward each other, police said.

David Cobb was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center around 10 a.m. today after the shooting at the South Avenue Gas & amp; Food Mart, 2325 South Ave. Cobb was undergoing surgery late this morning.

Patrolman Dan Mikus said Cobb's age was unavailable and that he may live on East Boston Avenue.

What happened: Mikus said a man in a car parked at a gas pump and a man in a car in the street exchanged words before gunfire erupted.

A witness said both men were firing.

Shell casings were found in the street.

Cobb was walking in to pay for gas he had pumped into a pickup parked at a nearby pump.

One bullet went through the window of the gas mart, where a clerk waited on a customer, Mikus said. Neither was struck.

Gregory Norris, who lives on the South Side, said he had stopped in on his day off to buy water and pop before a fishing trip to Mosquito Lake.

He said he visits the mart often for gas and lottery tickets but had never seen anything like this.

Clerk Nishan Singh has been operating the store for about 18 months.

"It's sad," he said. "It should not be happening like this."

Mikus said descriptions of the gunmen's vehicles were unavailable but one may have been a gray hatchback.




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