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Shooting victims have history of criminal activity



Published: Tue, December 7, 2010 @ 12:09 a.m.

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Odomie A. Wellington, 31, was found dead Saturday at the Westchester Executive Apartments in Austintown.

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Alekum N. McLendon, 21, of Youngstown, was shot in the lower back during a shooting at the Westchester Executive Apartments in Austintown Saturday. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center where he remains in serious condition.

By Ashley Luthern

aluthern@vindy.com

AUSTINTOWN

The victims of Saturday’s shooting at an Austintown apartment complex, identified by police Monday, have criminal histories.

Odomie A. Wellington, 31, whose address was listed as the Westchester Executive Apartments, 4884 Westchester Drive, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds around 7 p.m. Saturday. He was in the driver’s seat of a white Cadillac parked outside the apartment complex.

His passenger, 21-year-old Alekum N. McLendon, of Youngstown, was shot in the lower back and taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Police Chief Robert Gavalier said Monday that McLendon was still in serious condition.

Wellington had been released from prison in 2007, after serving five out of six years for the Sept. 2, 2000, shooting of Kyreese Haymon, who was 13 months old at the time. He pleaded guilty to aggravated burglary, aggravated assault and felonious assault charges in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court in 2001.

Police said Wellington and another man went into a Parkman Road Northwest home and began shooting in what officials said was a robbery of the baby’s father, who also was wounded in the home invasion.

Westchester property manager Bart Dockry said all residents are required to disclose criminal history on their applications, but the lease was in Wellington’s mother’s name.

“He was not on paper. He’s not a tenant. We do security checks and employment checks, and there was no reason to refuse it to [his mother]. He would never have passed our criminal history check,” Dockry said.

The second victim, McLendon, of Lansdowne Boulevard, was indicted by a Mahoning County grand jury on a charge of illegal gun possession and improperly handling a gun in a motor vehicle in 2008, and in July he was arrested and charged with receiving stolen property.

After releasing the names of both men, police still had no suspects.

According to reports, McLendon ran to a nearby apartment to call for help. Police said when they arrived, McLendon, wearing a blood-soaked tank top, told them that a black man whom he did not know had fired shots into the car.

Witnesses also told police that a man fled in a small white vehicle, and police are not certain if anyone was in the vehicle waiting for the man. Police said a motive for the shooting is unclear.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Austintown police at 330-799-9721.

Reports stated that police searched Wellington’s apartment, after the police chief climbed in a window to open the door because the manager’s master set of keys did not work. They found drug paraphernalia.

Gavalier said no drugs were found in the apartment that Wellington shared with his girlfriend, who was not home at the time of the shooting.

Dockry said violent crime is not common at the apartments.

“We’ve been very fortunate that we’re without serious problems,” he said.

Dockry said the apartment complex has a gate staff at the main entrance that works variable hours and roving security guards. If residents see anything suspicious, they are advised to call Austintown police, he said.

One resident of the apartment complex, who lives on the first floor of Wellington’s apartment building, said she was “totally shocked” by the shooting. The woman and her husband had lived in the apartment complex for three years, moved to another apartment and returned to Westchester in October.

“We were hanging curtains, and it sounded like someone was banging on the door,” she said. “I opened the door, didn’t see anybody and went about hanging curtains.”

Twenty minutes later, as she and her husband were putting up Christmas decorations, police arrived and she learned the sound was actually gunshots. She said she did not know the victim, but neighbors told her that he had moved in around the time she and her husband had.

“It’s a terrible tragedy, but I don’t think I feel unsafe. I feel like it could happen anywhere, and I feel bad for the families,” she said.

In February 2004, the apartments were the scene of the stabbing of a 7-year-old girl. One month later, a grand jury indicted the girl’s grandmother Mildred Battles, then 74, on charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.

Battles was declared mentally incompetent to stand trial in May 2004 and sent to Northcoast Behavioral Healthcare in the Cleveland area for treatment. She can be tried if her competency is restored within 10 years of her indictment, according to a previous Vindicator story.


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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years ago

Gangstas in the Hood - spreading themselves into Austintown. At least there is one less now in this area.

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2author50(1121 comments)posted 4 years ago

It's about money.

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3MLC75(589 comments)posted 4 years ago

No great loss,one dead ghetto thug and one in serious condition.They got what they deserve,especially Wellington,he almost killed a baby.

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4mrblue(1067 comments)posted 4 years ago

No surprise here----that both men have criminal backgroounds. Sounds to me like someone was out to settle a score.

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5AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 4 years ago

Society: 1 Criminals: 0

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6chipper27069(1 comment)posted 4 years ago

Wellington had been released from prison in 2007, after serving five out of six years for the Sept. 2, 2000, shooting of Kyreese Haymon, who was 13 months old at the time.
My guess.... well deserved payback

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7freetodome(1 comment)posted 4 years ago

There are educated black people living in the hood. I am very successful and I wouldn't leave the hood unless my job moved, but fortunately for me i do own my own business and don't plan on moving ever. I make a great living here and my prpoerty tax is very low. Crime is everywhere and there is no escaping it. It's in the suburbs as well as the hood. Maybe more in one place than the other, but nonetheless it's still everywhere. Despite what he did in the past we must understand that this man had children, a mother and father, sisters and brothers who are hurting from their lost. My condolences goes out to the family of that young man who were tragically gunned down.

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8Boardman120(82 comments)posted 4 years ago

Sorry, no. I have no compassion for them or their families.
You live like an animal, you die like an animal.
And that's the way these thugs seem to like it.

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9Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years ago

"Police said a motive for the shooting is unclear. "

This is just the hood taking care of its own .

IT'S ALL GOOD IN THA HOOD . . ..

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10Boardman120(82 comments)posted 4 years ago

Of course it's the landlords fault this scumbag thug found a way around the lease.

Are you serious?!

These criminals will always find away around the rules. It's in the definition. Quit blaming the landlords for all the problems in this area. Blame the people breaking the laws who cause the problems!

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11Boardman120(82 comments)posted 4 years ago

Of course it's the landlords fault this scumbag thug found a way around the lease.

Are you serious?!

These criminals will always find away around the rules. It's in the definition. Quit blaming the landlords for all the problems in this area. Blame the people breaking the laws who cause the problems!

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12Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 4 years ago

freetodome

Hard to have compassion when they lead that kind of life. That is the consequences of it. And I'm sure they know it day in and day out.

I have compassion for the innocent victims that die needlessly, what if it turned out to be mistaken identity again?? Would be real fair, huh? If they had children, why ain't they taking care of the children instead of running drugs? The parents and siblings, neither they know about there activities or they can't be real proud of the fact, they just get out of prison and doing the same thing. Really shows respect to the parents and family, huh?

No, my compassion only goes to the innocent lives that die because of these animals, the terminally ill patients, the young babies that don't have a chance, the elderly, etc.

You have compassion for these cockroaches, then that is your choice, but what if someone you loved died because they were at the wrong place at the wrong time and innocent. Better these two animals then innocent people.

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13number1cook(15 comments)posted 4 years ago

for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment.

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14southsidedave(4856 comments)posted 4 years ago

Sounds as though Karma has prevailed in this case. They got what was coming to them.

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15Traveler(606 comments)posted 4 years ago

Almost all lease contracts have that written in already but in can be hard to prove/enforce.

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16Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 4 years ago

number1cook

"for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment."

JOHN 7:14: "Judge not according to appearance, but judge righteous judgment."

LUKE 12:57: "Yea, and why not even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?"

PSALM 37:30: "The mouth of the righteous speaketh wisdom, and his tongue talketh of judgment."

LUKE 17:3: "Take heed... If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him."

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