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Police probe shootings, one into 9-year-old’s bedroom



Published: Fri, April 2, 2010 @ 12:05 a.m.

By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

City police are investigating separate shootings, including one that endangered the life of a 9-year-old girl.

A Victor Street woman told police she noticed bullet holes in the walls of her daughter’s bedroom as she put the child to bed Tuesday night. Police reports show the bullets traveled through the bedroom walls then exited out the rear of the home.

The woman told police she remembers hearing gunfire nearby only a couple of hours before finding the bullet holes in the walls. She also told police she found shell casings Wednesday morning at Dogwood and Cedar streets on the East Side.

A check of police department logs showed gunfire was reported in the area Tuesday.

Officers went to the corner location where the woman spotted shell casings and collected nine 9mm casings as evidence.

Police were called Wednesday night to the 3000 block of Hudson Avenue on the city’s South Side to investigate a fight with weapons and shots fired.

According to police, a large group of juveniles had gathered in the Hudson area requiring the presence of four police cars for crowd control. A citizen informed police the group had arrived moments earlier in several cars, including a black Ford F-150 truck.

Police said someone in the pickup truck pointed a gun toward the sky and began firing off rounds, then ran around the corner to an Oldsmobile and left the area. Police collected 10 spent shell casings from a home near the scene of the shooting.

A woman living near the scene told police her daughter received a text message earlier in the day saying something would happen near her home. The woman said the incident may have been retaliation for a fight that took place a day earlier on Hillman Street.


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