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Police seek 2 men in West Side shooting

Published: Fri, January 22, 2010 @ 12:02 a.m.


YOUNGSTOWN — Police are looking for two men who shot a West Side man in the head during an apparent home invasion.

According to police, two men knocked on the door of a home in the 100 block of North Portland Avenue just after 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. When Benjamin Wilkin, 20, a resident at the home, answered the door, witnesses heard one gunshot fired.

Witnesses told police that after the shot was fired, an older man yelled, “Where is the stuff; where is the money?”

Two men, one being a younger male with a dark complexion and an afro hairstyle and wearing a black and red bandanna around his head, came into the house.

The younger male went into a living-room area and began searching for items.

Witnesses hid in the house and called 911.

Officers arrived at the home and found Wilkin on the landing to the basement stairs near a side door bleeding profusely from a bullet wound to the head. He was conscious and gave police a detailed description of the shooter.

He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center and listed in serious but stable condition.

According to police reports, officers found small pieces of suspected marijuana, small bags and a scale in the living-room area. Police also found a shell casing in the driveway of the home near the side door where Wilkin had been shot.

One witness later told police the shooters had been to the house before, and they make the residents of the house hold drugs and set up shop for drug transactions.


1aeparish(669 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

"Dark complexion." Come on Vindy, just say it -- the guy was black.

I went to school with Ben. Clearly, he's not entirely innocent because of his participation with drug trafficking, but this is still very disheartening to hear. My prayers go to his family and to Ben, who I hope recovers and uses this as a lesson to escape that way of life while he's still young.

These druggies will do anything to get their fix and it's such a shame that Youngstown is so full of them. As a resident of the westside, this story literally hits close to home in a couple of ways. The worst part -- the YPD was probably just a couple of blocks up the street sitting at Circle K while this entire shooting unfolded.

And as a side note, I will gladly continue to pay the 6.75% sales tax if it means YPD will get off their rear ends and stop sitting at various convenience stores and driving around on 680 trying to catch speeders (especially on areas of 680 that are considered the outskirts of Boardman). I will also gladly continue to pay that sales tax if they do incorporate that gunshot location system. We need to get the crime out of Youngstown -- stat.

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2Stan(9923 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

UTOPIA 2010 is now here ! The thugs are expanding their horizons and it's getting better for them by the hour !


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3KingGator(10 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

I hope the young man who was shot recovers and uses this to turn his life around. He now has a testimony for Christ.

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4nipsy(157 comments)posted 5 years, 6 months ago

Get ready West Side this is going to be an every day occurance in 5 to 10 years. I work on the West Side every day and it is very different than it was 5 or 6 years ago. The nail in the coffin was the re-aligning and building that Youngstown School's embarked on, their decision to make Chaney one of two High Schools in the city sealed the fate of the OLD WEST SIDE....sadly

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