New information delays arraignment in shooting case

YOUNGSTOWN — The two men accused of shooting into a house near the campus of Youngstown State University, killing one man and injuring 11 people, will have to wait at least one more day before appearing before a judge.

Braylon Rogers, 19, of East Lucius Avenue and Columbus Jones Jr., 22, of Cambridge Avenue have each been charged with aggravated murder, 11 counts of felonious assault and improperly discharging a firearm into a habitation in connection with the Sunday morning shooting, but they will not appear before a judge until Tuesday.

City Prosecutor Jay Macejko said police have come to him with additional information in the case. He said the new information will not lead to additional arrests, but may lead to additional charges against the two men.

“We are confident that we have the right people in custody,” he said. “Given the ongoing nature of the investigation, detectives came to me with possible new developments so we decided it was prudent to wait until tomorrow [for arraignments].”

It has been speculation, and mentioned in at least one police report, that the shooting at the fraternity house on Indiana Avenue was connected to an earlier shooting at the Love Lounge Bar downtown. Macejko said there is no connection between the two shootings and that has nothing to do with new developments in the case, but he would not say what the new developments are.

The shooting at the Love Lounge took place about one hour prior to the shooting at the fraternity house. Officers heard about six shots coming from the bar and saw people running out the front door screaming.

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