2011 begins with killing

Man found shot to death on South Side

By Ashley Luthern



Police are continuing to investigate a killing that occurred just hours into the new year.

Randy A. Cappelli, 30, of Campbell, was found dead with multiple gunshot wounds, including at least one in the head, about 4:40 a.m. Saturday. Police were called to the 1000 block of Shady Run Road because of reports of gunfire.

When officers arrived, they saw Cappelli face up on the ground a few feet from the passenger side of a Toyota Scion, which was on fire. He was pronounced dead at the scene and taken by investigators with the Mahoning County coroner’s office.

Several shell casings were found around Cappelli, and taken by detectives.

Youngstown firefighters extinguished the small fire in the interior of the car.

Police do not have any suspects, and anyone with information is asked to Youngstown police at 330-747-7911.

Last year, the city’s first homicide occurred Jan. 2. Dene Montgomery, 30, of the West Side, was found shot to death on the North Side.

The homicide count for 2010 reached 20, with the final homicide recorded Dec. 14 when Christopher V. Weston, 44, of Lordstown was shot inside the Breaden Market on the South Side.

Of the 20 homicides, eight have not been solved, according to previous Vindicator articles.

In 2009, city police recorded 23 homicides, and records show 13 of those cases remain unsolved.

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