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Published: Mon, February 7, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.



A Youngstown State Police University officer patrols the street near the location of an early morning shooting at a fraternity house just north of the Youngstown State University campus that left student Jamail E. Johnson, 25 of Youngstown dead and 11 injured Sunday, Feb. 6, 2011 in Youngstown, Ohio.

  Shooting at YSU

  Authorities in northeast Ohio say a shooting at a fraternity house just north of the Youngstown State University campus killed one student and injured 11 people, including six students.

Authorities in northeast Ohio say a shooting at a fraternity house just north of the Youngstown State University campus killed one student and injured 11 people, including six students.


Jamail E. Johnson, 25, of Youngstown, was killed during a shooting that injured 11 others early Sunday at 55 Indiana Ave. near YSU.


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.

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By Ed Runyan | runyan@vindy.com


Police say they only know that a “disagreement” caused two Youngstown men in their early 20s to return a second time to a fraternity member’s house near Youngstown State University and open fire on about 50 people early Sunday.

The shots from two guns killed one man, Jamail Johnson, 25, critically injured a 17-year-old girl and caused lesser injuries to 10 others. The shootings occurred at about 3:40 a.m.

The Violent Crimes Task Force arrested Braylon L. Rogers, 19, of 174 East Lucius Avenue at the corner of Hudson and Parkcliffe avenues on the Southside at 4 p.m.

They arrested Columbus E. Jones Jr., 22, of 529 Cambridge Avenue at 4:50 p.m., police said.

Mahoning County Common Pleas Court records say Jones was convicted in February 2008 of burglary and sentenced to three years in prison. He was released from prison on judicial release in April 2009.

Half of the shooting victims are YSU students. Johnson was a senior at YSU. Neither of the shooters are YSU students, police said.

At a press conference Sunday afternoon, Youngstown 1st Ward Councilwoman Annie Gillam said it’s hard to make sense of the tragedy, which occurred in her ward of the city.

“It’s a sad day. We need to find a way to make our young people value life — their own and other people’s lives and how to deal with conflict,” she said.

Johnson, 25, of Youngstown, the man killed, apparently tried to make one of the suspects leave the house where some Omega Psi Phi members lived, police said.

Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said Johnson had escorted one of them out of the house himself. The second man left on his own.

But the two men returned a short time later and “shot through the open doorway” into the house on Indiana Avenue, police said.

The house is couple blocks north of the university.

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

Many of the other victims were hit in their feet and other limbs were much less seriously hurt. Most of them had been released from the hospital by Sunday night.

One of the victims is from Girard. The 11 others are from Youngstown.

The two suspects are in the Mahoning Count jail, charged with aggravated murder, firing into a habitation and 11 counts of felonious assault.

One of the men turned himself in at the Youngstown Police Department Sunday afternoon and the other was picked up at his home on Youngstown’s South Side at just before 5 p.m.

Police said the shooters came to an “after hours” party at the fraternity. Those in attendance only showed up there at around 2 a.m., some of them coming from other parties. It’s possible that a dispute may have arisen at another party earlier in the night and spilled over to the fraternity, police said.

Hughes and Capt. Rod Foley said it is still not known whether gunfire that occurred at the Love Lounge on West Federal Street at about 1:30 a.m. Sunday or a fight at the Choices Lounge at the MetroPlex in Liberty are related to the fraternity shooting. No injuries resulted from the gunfire at the Love Lounge.

Hughes said some of the people at the fraternity house at the time of the shooting had been to parties at “three to four locations” in the area Sunday.

Foley said the party at the house seems to have developed through text-messaging and using Facebook to learn that a gathering was taking place after the bars had closed.

The house doesn’t have a history of trouble or loud parties, Hughes said.

YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson asked for the community’s support and prayers at an early-afternoon press conference Sunday.

“This is one of the days that university presidents across the country dread,” she said at Tod Hall.

Anderson stressed that the shooting didn’t occur on campus and there was no threat to the campus.

Counselors and clergy were to be available to students Sunday and in the coming days.

Ron Cole, a YSU spokesman, said the Indiana Avenue house where the shootings occurred is home to members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity although it’s not a fraternity house.

The YSU chapter is called the Zeta Gamma Chapter.

“It was founded at YSU in the early to mid-1960s,” Cole said. “It was unaffiliated at some point and reformed two or three years ago.”

The YSU-sanctioned fraternity was in good standing with the university, Cole said.

“Gov. [John] Kasich called my office a little bit ago to express his condolences, his support and assistance to YSU and to the Mahoning Valley community,” Anderson said.

Students, faculty and staff were notified of the shooting using YSU Alert, an emergency notification system.

Cole said that immediately following the shootings, campus police were stationed outside of student residence halls, monitoring students’ comings and goings.

Because of the time that the shooting occurred, “most, if not all, of the students were in their halls at the time,” he said.

Classes are to resume as scheduled today, Cole said.

Blood trails in the snow in front of the house and a YSU police car out front were the only outward indications of a problem that remained Sunday afternoon. There was one empty beer can in a side yard, but little else to suggest a party had taken place.

Beer bottles and cups overflowed trash bags at a sorority house next door, however. No one answered the door at the sorority house.

A block west of the brick two-story house, Rosa Figueroa of Park Avenue said she has never thought that the fraternity house was especially noisy.

“I’ve been here 20 years, and they’re very quiet. They don’t bother. If they were rowdy, we’d be complaining. They’re very laid back,” she said.

A neighbor a couple houses closer who didn’t want to give her name said the house where the shootings took place has been the location of parties about two times the last couple months.

Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams said at a Sunday afternoon press conference that there is no way to “put a positive picture” on the incident but said the campus has been rated as among the safest in the state.

“It overshadows the progress we’ve made,” Williams said of trying to reduce violence in the city as a whole.


1saddad(647 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

What records show that conviction? Its not shown at Mahoning County Public access.

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2generfor(1 comment)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Rest in peace Jamail. Put your guns down Boys. Enjoy your life, while you have it.

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3UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Just more of the same criminal gun and drug activities in the urban jungle of Youngstown only this time it involved YSU students! Mayor Jay has been a total failure in stopping this kind of activity from happening in the city.

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4timOthy(802 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

why is it that bars are always connected to crime ? especially bars on a college campus which should be outlawed ! in Kent Ohio not only do they drink there ,but smoke their pot there too ! and this is old , old , and old news. it's be going on since the Vietnam military action ! and still isn't fixed . just our political science majors or politician have other concerns and it's not education or safety !!!

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5jgm820(128 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Complete speculation, but according to the news there was a fraternity event at the Metroplex earlier that evening. I know traditionally fraternities hire security or police when they have parties. My thought is this wasn't a planned event, but more of an "after party" from the earlier event.

Either way, it's a horrible tragedy and our heart and prayers go out to those involved.

P.S. to Loaf...not sure if you are expecting Dr. Anderson to periodically check in at frat parties during the middle of the night for minors who should be in the care of their parents or not....

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6lucky429(1 comment)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

UnionForever.....this unnecessary act of violence has nothing to do with the Mayor stopping it from happening. Crime rates in Youngstown are way down from the 90s when Ungaro was in office. Why is it all of a sudden now the Mayor's responsibility to stop violence? He can't babysit the whole city.

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7AKAFR1(322 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

This is what happens when animals breed animals. Situations like this will never change so long as the family structure continues to be destroyed.

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8mrblue(1159 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Jones -- sent to prison for 3 years in Feb. of 2008---gets a judicial release in April of 2009. There you have it. The justice system at work. Was he a model prisoner? I doubt it. Now Jones and the other scum-bag will most likely be on death row. We should all pray for the families of those affected by this tragedy.

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9Stormieangel(136 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, mrblue, we don't have a JUSTICE system; we have a LEGAL system. All we have to do is read about all the plea bargaining and the creeps being released early. The lawyers don't care and obviously, some of the judges don't care either. Sad commentary here!

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10jgm820(128 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

The Jambar has done a great job reporting this story from the beginning...


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11leftyompton4life(79 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

WTF are people thinking? Like you can go and shoot at innocent people and you won't get caught? What a bunch of F"N morons...I hope they rot.

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12Cassie(88 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Such a horrible event--so sorry for all of those grieving and suffering. I have so many questions--what were these thugs even doing at a fraternity party? Frightening to realize that a 17 year old college student could be partying at that hour. And what in the world made these men think that they could do such a thing and suffer no consequences? I know it is an old fashioned idea, but there is true evil existing in Youngstown.
There is no point blaming the justice system--our prisons are so overcrowded that prosecutors and judges have to take that into consideration--sad but true. And we taxpayers do not want to pay any more money to expand the prison system--and prisoners can sue if conditions are too bad.

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13Stan(9923 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

The freedom of expression has many forms . The shooters were simply expressing their contempt for being evicted from the party . In the hood this is called being cool . You can be shure that they have no remorse for their actions .

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14QPsiKeith(8 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Will they may have been "simply expressing their contempt for being evicted," I hope they are equalling willing to accept full responsibility and consequences for their self-expression. All choices have consequences.

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15Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


"Why is it all of a sudden now the Mayor's responsibility to stop violence? He can't babysit the whole city."

No, he can't babysit the whole city, but he can get tough with the animals and get back the streets to the INNOCENT victims of this nonsense. He is to be held accountable for the actions of the city. He needs to have 0 (zero) tolerance for this. That is why he is the mayor. Zero tolerance, bottom line.


"Hey ''Vindy''---was it necessary to show the blood in the street? Lets have some compassion for the suffering families."

Why not show the blood. Why try to sugar coat the violence these animals bring on. This isn't a memorial or compassion article. This is the cold heart facts of real life. If one animal has compassion to see blood of a INNOCENT person, and maybe next time think twice about shooting or killing someone, then it's worth it. This is REAL life, REAL blood, the REAL world, why try to hide it?
It's nothing but pure animals intent on killing INNOCENT people.

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16redvert(2198 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

What amazes me is that the shooters were identified considering the old "no snitch" mentality. Maybe some newbees didn't get the memo!

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17HHeather1(2 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

These comments really disgusted me. Open your eyes everyone, crime happens all over the world not just in Youngstown. Youngstown has come a long way from what it has been 10 years ago and I am very proud to see that. All of your negative thoughts on the city are overshadowing what truly happened. There is a man dead and 11 that were shot. I had the honor of knowing Jamail personally, and to say he was a good person is an understatement. Bad things always happen to good people. So Youngstown, how about this time we come together as a city and pray for those injured and their families and friends instead of bashing our city to the ground like always. IF YOU DONT LIKE YOUNGSTOWN THEN GET OUT AND PLEASE STOP BASHING THOSE WHO ARE TRYING TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE AND THE CITY A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE.

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18georgejeanie(1195 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Just saw your terrific city on Fox News. Glad we left when we did. A once beatiful neighborhood taken over by thugs, A university which needs good publicity to draw students from outside this ghetto city gets this kind of publicity. Good luck to anyone who sticks around for this.

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19Millie(192 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Certainly the life threatening shot to the 17 year old is tragic, but what in the world is a 17 year old Boardman student doing there? Where was the guardian if the student was really living in Boardman that has a curfew for young people?

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20Max(92 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


The 17-yr-old does not live in Boardman (she is listed as a Youngstown resident) but she attends Boardman High School. Apparently Boardman is open-enrollment.

Regardless, what in the **** kind of parent doesn't know where your 17-yr-old daughter is at 3:30 am??? Seriously, the problem with this society and culture is the lack of family support and values. Parents who can't take the responsibility to care for their teen can't be expected to raise a responsible adult. The vicious cycle continues.... Sad.

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21Lifes2Short(3879 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


"Just saw your terrific city on Fox News."

And your neck of the woods is just paradise, huh? No problems where you reside, huh? Picture perfect world, huh? Dream on, bub.
Bubba, it's everywhere, not just a little grain of sand in this world called Youngstown.

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22Millie(192 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Boardman does not have open enrollment as far as I know but loves to have good athletes. If the person did not live in Boardman but went to school there someone should have looked in to it.

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23bamabiker(6 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I grew up in Youngstown and I liked it a lot better when YSU was known for it's championship football teams. What scares me is that shootings at colleges seem to be annual events now. Last year in Huntsville there was a professor that shot one of her colleagues at a meeting.

One more thing. What were 17-year-olds doing at a frat party?

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24Millie(192 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

From the Jambar

Shavai Owens, who was listed in critical condition after the Sunday shootings in Youngstown, was reported to be conscious Monday morning.

"The good news is [that her guardian] said Shavai is doing well. She is in the critical unit at Northside [Hospital], but she was doing well and was conscious," said Boardman High School principal Timothy Saxton.

The 17-year-old Boardman High School senior was shot in her right ear at an off-campus party early Sunday morning.

Saxton said Owens' guardian told him that her condition is progressing.

"I'm going to send an e-mail out to the staff just to give them a heads up to prepare for any student that needs to be sent down to guidance," he said.

Owens was one of 12 shot in the incident, which claimed the life of Youngstown State University senior Jamail Johnson.

"She is someone you could talk to for five minutes and know she'd have your back if you ever needed her," said Boardman High School junior Lisa Navarro.

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25InColumbiana(63 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I hope they take a zero tolerance stand on this issue (and all similar issues).

Prayers to the victims and their families.

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