Police seek suspects, clues in shooting death of Chaney student

By William K. Alcorn



Police had made no arrests as of Sunday evening in Saturday’s fatal shooting of a 17-year-old Chaney High School sophomore on the city’s East Side.

The victim, a black male, was found by police lying face-down in an alley beside 1437 Stewart Ave. and about 100 yards south of Stewart.

The victim had been shot once in the upper back, was not breathing and had no pulse.

Ambulance crews attempted to revive the victim, but he was reported dead on arrival at St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Police did not release the name of the victim.

All available police units were dispatched to the Stewart/McGuffey Road area when reports of a shooting involving several people were received, according to the police report.

The shooting was reported at 4:53 p.m., and police arrived on the scene at 5 p.m.

Witnesses say five black males wearing black, hooded sweat shirts and red ball caps chased the victim from the Plaza View apartments across Stewart and McGuffey firing at him as he ran.

After the victim fell, the suspects ran back into Plaza View, witnesses said.

Police reported they were unable to locate any of the suspects after an intensive search of the Plaza Park area but did recover nine spent bullet casings.

Police officials continue to look for suspects and ask that any witnesses with information contact the department.

The killing of the 17-year-old is Youngstown’s fourth homicide of 2011. At this time in 2010, the city had recorded eight homicides.

The last homicide occurred March 12 when 20-year-old Tyler Simpson of Warren was gunned down on Youngstown’s East Side.

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