By HAROLD GWIN
VINDICATOR EDUCATION WRITER
YOUNGSTOWN — Police are trying to determine whether a city man shot and killed on Shehy Street was an intended target or the victim of a random shooting.
Justin Fields, 21, of East Warren Avenue, was hit twice in the head by bullets fired at a car being driven by his cousin, Aundrey Fields, 22, of Steubenville, on Shehy Street around 2 a.m. Monday.
Fields was the 18th victim of homicide in the city this year, compared with 16 at this time last year.
Police first got a call about a car traveling on McGuffey with its windows shot out and smoke coming from beneath it.
Officers found the car stopped at Rayen and Wick avenues and spotted Aundrey Fields talking on a cell phone and waving at them to stop.
Police said they found Justin Fields slumped over against the door on the passenger side of the front seat. He had two bullet wounds to the head, one just below his right eye and the second to the left side of the head.
Police said Aundrey Fields, who appeared to be injured by flying glass, told them that he and Justin were driving on Shehy Street when he heard shots and noticed Justin had slumped over in his seat. Aundrey told officers that he hadn’t seen anyone or noticed any other vehicles near his car at the time of the shooting, police said.
A preliminary investigation showed no indication that the shooting was retaliatory in nature, said Capt. Kenneth Centorame, chief of detectives. Detectives were hoping to interview Aundrey Fields on Monday in an effort to determine whether the shooting was random or if his vehicle might have been targeted intentionally.
The car was full of bullet holes, police said, noting that the back window had been shot out, the windshield had two bullet holes in it and the driver’s side front window was shot out. There was a bullet hole in the front seat passenger door, two more in the rear passenger side door and one in the fender on that side and the right front tire had been flattened, apparently by a bullet. There was also a bullet hole in the gas tank.
Centorame said there were no reports of any other vehicles or houses in the area of the shooting being struck by bullets.