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UPDATED: Two arrested after early-morning shooting near YSU

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Police arrested two Youngstown men in their early twenties Sunday afternoon who are believed to have opened fire at an off-campus house, killing one man and injuring 11 others early Sunday.

One of the victims, fraternity member Jamail Jackson, 25, of Youngstown, had escorted one of the two men out of the house a short time before the gunfire and was fatally wounded.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said the department was not ready to release the names of the two suspects until after more interviews were conducted with witnesses.

Hughes said he expected their names would be released later Sunday or Monday, but neither man had an extensive criminal record.

Each has been charged with murder and 11 counts of felonious assault.

Hughes said one of the men turned himself in at the Youngstown Police Department Sunday afternoon and the other one was picked up at his home.

Shavai Owens, 17, of Youngstown, was shot in the head and remained in critical condition Sunday night, police said at a press conference.

Johnson, 25, was was a student at the university YSU officials said earlier Sunday.

Capt. Rod Foley, Youngstown police, said an unknown number of people had attended the party at 55 Indiana Ave. that lasted into the early-morning hours Sunday.

The 10 wounded in the shooting are expected to fully recover. According to a campus alert issued this morning, six of the wounded were students and were treated at St. Elizabeth Medical Center.

YSU spokesman Ron Cole said many of the students shot were members of a sanctioned YSU fraternity who lived in a private, off-campus house.

Late this afternoon, Police Chief Jimmy Hughes estimated 50 people were inside the home at the time of the shooting, including some as young as 17. he also said there were no previous problems at the Indiana Avenue location.

According to the university alert, "[YSU] Police Chief John Gocala reports that there is no threat to campus. As a precaution, YSU police has increased its presence on campus."

The statement also said YSU President Cynthia Anderson met at the hospital today with injured students and their families. Counselors and clergy will be made available on campus.

“I want to express my deepest sympathies to the family of the student who died in this tragic act of violence, and to ask everyone to keep him and the other students in their thoughts and prayers,” Anderson said in the alert to the campus community. “It is a sad day for the YSU family.”

In a statement subsequently released by YSU, Mayor Jay Williams said "The Youngstown Police Department is actively pursuing leads in this case. I am fully confident that they will identify, apprehend and bring to justice the individuals who are responsible."


Dead and wounded

The Youngstown Police Department has released this list of the dead and injured from Sunday’s shootings in a house on Indiana Avenue near the campus of Youngstown State University. Six of the victims were YSU students. All are from Youngstown except one Girard victim. All but three had been treated and released from St. Elizabeth Health Center as of late Sunday afternoon.

Jamail Johnson, 25, 55 Indiana Ave., Youngstown, died from gunshot wound.

Durrell Richardson, 31, 410 Elruth Court, Girard, shot in left thigh.

Shavai Owens, 17, Youngstown, shot in right ear, critical condition late Sunday afternoon.

Jaleesa Moore, 20, Youngstown, shot in the arm and abdomen.

Sean Griffin, 20, Youngstown, shot in the foot.

Ebony Michel, 20, Youngstown, shot in the foot.

Jordon Wagner, 20, Youngstown, shot in the shoulder and foot.

Tejohn Lawrence, 19, Youngstown, shot in the foot.

Jamie Ruffin, 20, Youngstown, shot in the pelvis.

D’Anthony Brown, 17, Youngstown, shot in the foot.

Lisetle Encarnacion, 19, Youngstown, shot in the buttocks.

Selina Howard, 17, Youngstown, abrasion wound to the wrist.

Source: Youngstown Police Department

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