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YOUNGSTOWN Shooting leaves city woman critical



Published: Mon, September 30, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



One man faces an attempted murder charge, and two face charges of complicity to attempted murder.

YOUNGSTOWN -- City police used the terms bedlam and mayhem to describe a scene at South Avenue and Sunset Boulevard after a murder attempt that ended with three vehicles crashing. One vehicle severed a utility pole, leaving the area in darkness.

Dalvon Dumas, 22, of Midlothian Boulevard, was in critical condition today in St. Elizabeth Health Center. She was shot in the neck and chest at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday as she drove in the area of Williamson Avenue and Erie Street, police said.

Her passenger, Kevin James, 22, of the same address, attempted to continue driving, but crashed the car into the Rite-Aid building at South Avenue and Midlothian Boulevard. He suffered minor injuries, police said.

Police said dozens of people crowded the area to see the melee, with Dumas lying injured on a devil strip and another injured person lying in the street.

Report of events

James told police the ordeal began at the Pyatt Down Under bar, where another man, known to him as Brandon, said he was going to shoot a woman who had mothered James' child. James said the woman threatened was not Dumas.

James said he left the bar with Dumas when Brandon chased them in a gray car. James told police he heard one gunshot before Dumas told him she had been shot.

He said he tried to drive to a gas station at Market Street and Midlothian because he thought police officers would be there. Two officers were at the station.

As the Dumas vehicle smashed into the pharmacy, it struck another vehicle, injuring a man in that car. His identity and condition were not available.

The car driven by the reported shooter crashed into the utility pole. It is unclear why that crash occurred. The driver, Johnny Love, 28, of Hudson Avenue, Youngstown, was injured, as were passengers Tyee Hudson, 29, and Brandon Jones, 19, both of Ohio Avenue, Youngstown. All were treated at St. Elizabeth's.

Police charged Love with attempted murder and driving without a license, and he was cited for failure to control the vehicle and not wearing a seat belt.

Jones, 19, who also has an Ellenwood Avenue address, faces a charge of complicity to attempted murder, police said. A third passenger, Joey Mitchell Jr., 24, was arrested on the same charge. He has Columbus and Conneaut addresses.

Police reports show that someone had run from the accident area toward a building on South Avenue at Judson Avenue. Police found a handgun behind the building.




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