Man, 75, shot to death in city

Staff report


Police are investigating the killing of an elderly man during a drive-by shooting Saturday afternoon on the city’s South Side.

Investigators say the man, Thomas J. Repchic, 75, and his wife, Jacqueline A. Repchic, 74, were driving near Market Street and Southern Boulevard, when someone in a red Dodge Durango opened fire, killing him and wounding his wife.

Six to 12 shots were fired at the couple’s Cadillac around 1 p.m., according to police reports.

When police arrived, the vehicle was on the sidewalk against a bench in front of 2801 Market St., the city’s South Side Annex building.

Jacqueline Repchic was shot in the lower part of her body and taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center. Her condition has not been released.

Police said it appears the couple might have been targeted. The case has been sent to the detective division.

Reports have said just before the shooting, the couple left nearby St. Dominic Church, 77 E. Lucius Ave., where they are members.

The church parking lot was the site of the murder of an 80-year-old woman last January.

Saturday’s killing is the 17th homicide to occur in the city this year, less than a week after the murder of Vivian Martin, a Realtor who was strangled, then burned in a Nelson Avenue home last Monday.

At this time last year, 21 homicides had been recorded in Youngstown.

Police had no suspects as of late Saturday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Youngstown police non-emergency number at 330-742-7911.

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