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Police apprehend shooting suspect

Published: Tue, February 15, 2011 @ 12:06 a.m.


Kshaun Weaver

By John W. Goodwin Jr.



Police have apprehended the city man who was on the run from authorities since he is believed to have shot a bystander in the head during a fight on the South Side late last year.

Kshaun Weaver, 19, of East LaClede Avenue, appeared Monday before Magistrate Anthony Sertick of Youngstown Municipal Court on several charges including felonious assault and illegally carrying a firearm in the shooting of 22-year-old Kenneth Woods Jr.

He also is facing an additional drug charge and resisting arrest from incidents that took place when he was arrested Saturday.

Magistrate Sertick ordered Weaver placed in Mahoning County jail on a combined $185,000 bond.

Police Capt. Rod Foley said the department had been looking for Weaver since the Nov. 28 shooting. He said an unidentified person gave police a tip as to Weaver’s whereabouts, and police spotted him on the East Side.

Reports say Weaver did not give up easily when spotted by police. He reportedly ran, dropping a bag of suspected marijuana and money in his path. Police chased Weaver through several blocks and yards before shooting him in the buttocks with a stun gun and taking him into custody.

The shooting for which Weaver was sought occurred Nov. 28 on East Lucius Avenue near Erie Street. Police were called to the scene at 3:30 p.m. in response to reports of gunshots, a large fight and several wrecked cars.

When they arrived, they found Woods, of West Judson Street, slumped over in the driver’s seat of his car. The rear window was broken out, and there was an exit hole from a bullet in the windshield.

Woods had a head wound and couldn’t speak, police said. He was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center. Woods had nothing to do with the fight, police added.

Woods has struggled to get back to a normal existence and is undergoing intensive therapy. He had to undergo weeks of therapy in an attempt to regain the use of his limbs.

Foley said Weaver very well could have been committing additional crimes against the community while he was on the run.

“We are happy he is in jail. He almost killed an individual just by randomly shooting down the street,” Foley added.

Weaver also must contend with charges he faced before the shooting. According to county common-pleas court records, Weaver pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and was due to be sentenced Jan. 5 by Judge Maureen Sweeney of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

Weaver’s mother also has been charged with a crime related to what police say is her attempt to help her son. Erica Weaver, also of East LaClede Avenue, is charged with tampering with evidence police believe is crucial to her son’s possible conviction.


1foxyglo(372 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Give all their asses some time, damn criminals. That's what is wrong with society today, parents are involved with the dirt their children do.

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2palbubba(809 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

Stun gun, maybe shooting these runners with a real gun would stop all this running from police. If shot accurately it could save the tax payers a lot of money and get rid of these evil people forever. That way the flaming liberals won't have an opportunity to quickly put this evil back on the streets to strike again.

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3Photoman(1249 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

These are the people who will still be armed and dangerous to society even after Big Brother disarms the rest of us.

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4cav0822(16 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

What is with all these young kids in crime and carrying weapons? Where are the damn parents at? I'm only in my early 30's and there were never problems like this when I was in school or even college.....This is crazy!!!! And, one of the main problems is that the young individuals do not fear law enforcement officers at all. They have no respect for anyone in society

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5VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

@number1cook - I asked the same question in another forum and this is what I received from others:

According to the 1997 Survey of State Prison Inmates, among those possessing a gun, the source of the gun was from –
a flea market or gun show for fewer than 2%
a retail store or pawnshop for about 12%
family, friends, a street buy, or an illegal source for 80%

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6VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 5 years, 5 months ago

As youcantsilencetruth posted:


It was posted here a few days ago where the guns are coming from.

The Vindy keeps pulling people's posts :(

Over 70% of these illegal guns are coming from two combined sources:

1. Stolen / street purchased
2. Friends and family

Gun shows were like 7th on the posted list and weren't even a double digit percentage.

Those numbers were from a FBI report

Now, I say this...
How does a 15 year old boy get into an argument with his brother at a mall computer store in Columbus and ends up pulling a gun out and shooting him in the head?

Since one must be 21 and a non-felon to legally purchase a handgun, these teen thugs are only writing their future history of crime by obtaining a weapon. This is dangerous stuff folks...and to think they are being assisted and encouraged by family clearly sends a warning to the rest of America that this is something we cannot and should not tolerate!

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