Shooting injures 2 near St. Dominic

By Ashley Luthern


Two people were wounded in a shooting at Hilton Avenue and Southern Boulevard — less than 1 mile from where 74-year-old Thomas Repchic was shot and killed Sept. 25.

A 40-year-old Youngs- town woman was hit in her upper right arm, and a 24-year-old male, also from Youngstown, was struck in the right buttock and right groin area in the parking lot of 3602 Southern Boulevard about 6 p.m. Sunday.

The woman told police that she saw several men and women fighting at the corner of Hilton and Southern Boulevard and walked to the scene. She then told police that the fight seemed to escalate, at which point she walked away, heard gunfire and realized she had been hit. She was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

According to police, the man said he was driving east on Hilton toward Southern Boulevard with one male passenger and came upon the same fight.

He pulled into the parking lot at 3602 Southern Blvd. and exited the car with his passenger. The two ran back to the car as gunfire erupted and wounded the driver. The passenger then drove the man to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Officials do not believe either injury is serious.

Police found three 9-millimeter shell casings in the parking lot. As of press time Sunday night, no one had been arrested in connection with the crime.

This shooting comes just two weeks after the murder of Repchic, who was fatally wounded in a drive-by at the corner of Southern Boulevard and Philadelphia Avenue. Repchic’s wife, Jacqueline, 74, was also in the car and seriously wounded.

Tonight’s shooting was half a mile away from that murder scene and about three blocks from St. Dominic Church.

Angeline Fimognari was murdered in the church’s parking lot in January.

In response to the earlier violence, Mayor Jay Williams has begun “Operation Redemption.”

He has previously said the operation is two-fold. The first part is the demolition of 27 vacant houses in the South Side neighborhood surrounding the church, and the second part is aggressive law enforcement.

He said the specifics of the law enforcement portion will be announced in the coming weeks.

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