Two incidents within the last week involving high-powered weapons shook Youngstown and Warren.

The following include those incidents and others:

April 21, 2009

A house on the 100 block of Cleveland Street in Youngstown was fired on more than 40 times. “The majority were from an AK-47 assault rifle,” said Detective Sgt. Ron Rodway.

April 13, 2009

A similar weapon was used in a drive-by shooting in the 2000 block of Wick Street Southeast in Warren. One child was injured and two people are dead; an 11-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man. Police believe someone drove past the home indiscriminately firing a high-powered assault weapon into the dwelling.

April 3, 2009

Officers were called to a house on the 1700 block of Southwest Boulevard in reference to numerous shots fired. The victim said he and his son were in the house when unidentified suspects began shooting the rear of the house.

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February 22, 2009

A 6-year-old boy was shot in the foot, and a man died after being shot in the head after shooting in two homes on the 900 block of Delaware Avenue in Youngstown.

December 2008

A Waynesburg (Pa.) University student said a gunman took his cellphone, earrings and watch. The 19-year-old victim told police he was going to a party on Ohio Avenue, Youngstown. As he approached his friend’s car, which was at the curb in the 1600 block of Stewart Avenue, a man wearing a ski mask emerged and pointed an AK-47 at the man and his friend.

November 2008

Police were called to Hamilton Street and Austin Avenue Southwest in Warren, near Quinby Park, where a pedestrian reported being hit in the arm by gunfire coming from a AK-47 being fired from a van.

SOURCE: Vindicator files and Warren and Youngstown police reports

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