2 Youngstown brothers facing 9 counts of felonious assault
By John W. Goodwin Jr.
Both men are due back in court next week.
YOUNGSTOWN — Two brothers are in the Mahoning County jail after their arraignment on multiple charges related to the shooting of a 15-year-old old girl and the attempted shooting of several others.
Joseph Frampton, 20, of Mineral Ridge, was arraigned Monday before Judge Elizabeth Kobly on nine counts of felonious assault. His bond has been set at $450,000 and he is due back in court Nov. 23.
Donald Frampton, 23, of North Schenley Avenue, also was arraigned before Judge Kobly on nine counts of felonious assault, plus an additional charge of illegally possessing a firearm. His bond has been set at $500,000 and he also is due back in court Nov. 23.
Joseph Frampton was arrested Friday afternoon at a home in the 2000 block of Russell Avenue. His brother Donald Frampton was arrested Friday afternoon at his home.
The charges against the two men stem from a Nov. 9 incident on the West Side.
According to police, officers were sent to a Youngstown Fire Department station at Schenley Avenue and McCullom Road to speak with four people ages 15 through 24 who said they had been shot at moments earlier.
The four people told officers they were at Mahoning and Belle Vista avenues when Joseph Frampton and a juvenile male, riding motorcycles, pulled alongside their car and opened fire. The victims said Donald Frampton drove a car during the incident.
Police saw the shattered rear window of the car in which the four people were riding.
The 15-year-old old Kirk Road girl riding in the car suffered a wound to her head in the shooting. She was taken to the Austintown campus of St. Elizabeth Health Center for treatment.
According to police reports, one of the men on motorcycles rode past the fire station while police were speaking with the shooting victims. Officers attempted to stop the motorcyclist, which turned into a lengthy police pursuit. Officers lost sight of the motorcycle in the North Belle Vista Avenue area.
Police have given no indication as to why the shots were fired or any relationship between the victims and the Framptons. It is unclear if the juvenile said to be with the Frampton brothers has been arrested.