Boy, 17, killed in S. Side violence
By John W. Goodwin Jr.
Police are investigating two shootings that, almost simultaneously, disrupted the quiet in two South Side neighborhoods Friday afternoon and left a teenage boy dead.
Police were called to the corner of Evergreen Avenue and Summer Street shortly after 2 p.m. for a shooting between two factions.
One person involved, a 17-year-old boy police have not identified, was killed.
Police Capt. Rod Foley said the boy was taken to a hospital, where efforts to save his life failed.
Just before 2:30 p.m., officers were called to the area of Pasadena Avenue and Gibson Avenue for another shooting. The Pasadena Avenue shooting was described as a rolling gunbattle between two cars.
Witnesses in the Pasadena shooting initially said one of the cars involved rolled into a nearby field. A man jumped from one of the cars and ran off limping, but it was unclear if he had been shot.
Witnesses at the Summer Street shooting said someone came from behind a set of bushes in the area of Summer and Evergreen and engaged in a shootout with a group of young men who were at a house in the 1900 block of Summer.
Foley said the investigation is early, but police have potential suspects in the shooting.
“Three to four individuals got into some sort of altercation where gunfire erupted and this young man was killed,” he said. “We have people of interest, but no arrests have been made.”
Police arrested 18-year-old Delord Green and charged him with tampering with evidence and discharging a firearm within city limits. Police transported Green, 1916 Summer St., to the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office. Green is not believed to be the person who fired the fatal shots, police said.
During the initial investigation, police arrested Jesse Harden, 20, for misconduct at an emergency, according to a police report.
One witness said one man was clearly shot and almost collapsed in a field not far from the where the shooting took place, but ran off. Those living near the shooting said it sounded as if about 20 rounds were exchanged in the shootout, including from what sounded like a shotgun.
Some of those at the scene believe one or more of the shooters hid firearms at the back of a Summer Street home. Police spent several minutes combing the brush and wooded area behind the house. Detectives could be seen carrying evidence bags back to the wooded area, but it is unclear what, if anything, was collected.
Youngstown police started receiving word of gunshot victims showing up at St. Elizabeth Health Center about 2:45 p.m. and were left with the task of determining which victim was from which shooting. One man was shot in the leg, but another individual’s injuries were not detailed.
Police placed on hold for evidence a dark-colored car that one of the men arrived in at the hospital. The car was said to have been covered with blood on the inside.