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Youngstown mayor plans multi-front assault on gun violence in city



Published: Mon, June 21, 2010 @ 12:30 a.m.

Staff report

YOUNGSTOWN

In the aftermath of a weekend shooting that left a 17-year-old girl dead and a star football player critically injured, Mayor Jay Williams pledged Sunday night the city will swiftly crack down on gun violence.

The mayor spoke out after the shooting of Jamel Turner, a talented but troubled athlete, and the killing of 17-year-old Tracy Banks early Saturday on the city’s West Side.

Police said they have a suspect in the shootings, but no arrests had been made as of Sunday night. Some media reports said the suspect had an argument with his girlfriend shortly before the shooting at 3:23 a.m. Saturday at 63 Manchester Ave.

Police are also being tight-lipped about Banks, who was found on the living room floor with multiple gunshot wounds. She was baby-sitting a 4-year-old girl.

Keith Gunther, the head boys basketball coach at Ursuline High School, said those that know Turner and his family would not comment until his medical condition is better known.

Turner was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center, where he had been listed in critical condition Saturday night. The hospital would not give an update on his condition Sunday.

The city, in cooperation with federal authorities, will embark on the Violence-Gun Reduction Interdiction Program to clear guns from the city’s streets this summer, Williams said. Last month, Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes and Williams said that combining resources with the feds will ultimately mean more guns off the streets and longer prison sentences for those using guns to commit crimes.

Hughes said any collaborative effort will afford local police the opportunity to seek stiffer punishments for gun crimes by prosecuting criminals under federal statutes.

The culture of crime and violence, the mayor said, “just brings tragedy.”

“People can be measured by where they go and who their friends are,” Williams added Sunday night.

On Manchester Avenue, where Saturday morning’s shootings took place, neighbors are mum but say they look out for one another.

A woman who lives down the street said she had an outdoor party that night.

“We heard the shots,” she said.

Read the full story today in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


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1Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

"Last month, Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes and Williams said that combining resources with the feds will ultimately mean more guns off the streets and longer prison sentences for those using guns to commit crimes.
Hughes said any collaborative effort will afford local police the opportunity to seek stiffer punishments for gun crimes by prosecuting criminals under federal statutes."

And I hope the City of Youngstown doesn't blow this off and actually prosecute these animals to the fullest extent of the law.

"The culture of crime and violence, the mayor said, “just brings tragedy.”
“People can be measured by where they go and who their friends are,” Williams added Sunday night."

I've been saying this for awhile. Especially the crime and violence of the kids with guns. Going to just get worse unless they really do crack down hard. I just hope the city leaders,cops and judges actually get tough with these cockroaches and squash them for good.

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2UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Until the families of the African American population in Youngstown learn what family moral values are, nothing will change. These teen and young adult gangstas with their guns know only one thing - shoot and murder whoever you want. I wish Mayor Jay well in stopping the violence, but the current African American culture will be difficult to over come even for one of their own.

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3foxyglo(372 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Well since you want to put it that way about the culture, well @ least the teens are taking it upon themselves to commit suicide. Is that killing or not. Killing is killing, even when they take their own lives

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4Amaranth(3 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I am looking on the internet but I cannot find a discription of the program. So I am going to make a sweeping comment. encouraging law abiding citizens to give up their guns is only going to make the criminal element more powerful. They will get guns however they can. Whether it is in a home break in of a gun owner OR from the black market and having guns shipped in from other areas. There are ways of buying gun parts and putting your own together without registering. There are tons of ways to procure a gun if you are doing it illegally. I will never understand why people think taking Guns off "the street" will make a difference. Gun violence might go down, but it will be replaced with violence using other weapons. Manipulating the numbers to look favorable doesn't solve the problem.

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5hudsonp(18 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

nice of the Mayor to finally decide that he is going to take a stand. i'm sure the families of the other 11-12? people already murdered this year appreciate it, what a joke. Mayor williams is a dbag and the people of ytown need to wake up and remove him. then the people of ytown need to decide if they are willing to take a stand and take back their community- which they wont. ytown is on a continued downward spiral

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6Eleyru12(4 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

@Unionforever

Are you really going to discriminate against the Caucasian population in this argument? There is just as much violence within their culture as there is within the African American culture, whether it involves guns or not. With your comment, you are generalizing far too much. Maybe you have never encountered African Americans outside of your bubble, but not ALL of them lack family values. In fact, I know just as many, if not MORE, Caucasians who lack family values as well as morals. Blaming the African American community does not solve the problem of these "gangstas" (your wording, not mine). However it does display your complete ignorance to the fact that white people are responsible for violence, too.

By the way, This is coming from a Caucasian female, just in case if wanted to mark this response as biased.

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7tonyb2913(20 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

no there isnt as much violence in caucasion culture that doesnt make sense im on these streets i live among the people come to reality 9 out of 10 black kids act like gangsters

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8TheLostPatrol(755 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

If the shooter was in his teens then this is the product of a Mother & Father that produced him in 1994. So, if you go back to 1994 to Present, add up all the Male Homicides in this community, review how many kids they ALL produced from 1994 to Present (because they all end up leaving a few to multiple women), and you are now seeing the multitude of them getting to the age whereby they've had no parental upbringing, maybe a grandparent to watch over them, but wield no fear-factor upon them, and just be prepared for the worst, because we've got this society of un-structured socialites for the next sixteen years that will be entering their teen years as well, from multiple mama's and one-time papa's that are left here; in this Valley, to cultivate. They've sowed the fields on the once-proud West Side, and they've crawed up to Shields Road in Boardman, are cultivating the Wickliffe Area of Austintown, have taken a stronghold in Liberty, established residency in Struthers, and are targeting Poland as their next Section 8 nesting place.

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9ElPolloRetrasado(202 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

"neighbors are mum", this is why the ghetto's stay the ghetto's! If you know something tell the authorities! You can't help your neighborhood by letting these worthless pieces of $h1t scare you silent!

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10Eleyru12(4 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

My point being is that Youngstown, in general, has encountered violence from all races, not just these "gangstas." Pointing fingers at one community isn't going to prevent any further violence from happening withing the area. By putting the blame on one particular group, no problems will be solved. Even if the Mayor can make the smallest difference with gun control in Youngstown, it is one less of a life in harm's way.

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11Silence_Dogood(1333 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

" Pointing fingers at one community isn't going to prevent any further violence from happening withing the area"

Ignoring a MAJOR issue within a community will not CAUSE that issue to go away.

When an ostrich hides it's head in the sand it accomplishes NOTHING.

One can only wonder if this person is twelve years old,and lives in a dream world.

Look at the last thirty years and you will see that of the SEVERAL HUNDRED killed during that time period over 95% of the killings were done by blacks. How in Gods name can you ignore these FACTS.

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12gypsygirl720(186 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

OUR main focus and concern should BE for ALL affected;
rather than 'BLAME".

Please attempt your very personal best for God's Blessings.

Thank you all.
Respectly yours.

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13Lifes2Short(3875 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

And later on in the day.....

"Later in the day, an apparent shoot-out at a Logan Avenue gas station left a 7-year-old girl wounded. Police said they believe the car she was riding in was caught in the cross-fire. For now, suspects Asa Bush, Alfonda Madison and Sampson Snowden remain in the county jail while police sort that case out.

Hughes said the spike in violence comes just weeks before the city kicks off a campaign to reduce gun-related violence similar to the program known as V-GRIP from several years ago. The Chief thinks there's only some much his officers can do, but the V-GRIP and other programs will have a positive effect on the Valley, he said. "

http://www.wytv.com/content/news/loca...

Something needs to be done with these animals because summer is just starting. It's going to get worse before it gets better unless the mayor and police chief takes a ZERO tolerance attitude. Otherwise this year will break all records of homicide.

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14Amaranth(3 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

http://youngstown.areaconnect.com/cri...

http://youngstown.areaconnect.com/sta...

http://www.census.gov/compendia/stata...

Those are the valley's demographics, then the demographics of murders by race. I cannot however find a study which highlights black on black crime. Typically when you throw out statistics you want to back your argument up with a reputable source. Unfortunately the studies that were on this that could be found a few years ago were white washed or overwhelmed by horrible search engine results. Lets just say this. We may see that most of the crimes put in the newspapers from Youngstown are commited by black Americans, but we don't know if that is due to the bias at the newspaper or not. This doesn't excuse any group of people of their actions, it is apparant there is a problem in the poor sections of youngstown. I dare say though that is more of a class issue than a race issue. Poverty brings out violence as people compete for resources.

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15Silence_Dogood(1333 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

" I dare say though that is more of a class issue than a race issue"

BS

There are just as many poor Whites in Youngstown as there are poor Blacks.

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