Gunshots injure 4 on Youngstown’s North Side

By David Skolnick


A fight at a party on the city’s North Side over stereo equipment escalated and left four Youngs-town residents recovering from gunshot wounds, police said.

Devlin Simpson, 18, of Sampson Drive, was hosting a party at the Hanley Avenue home of his grandfather when an altercation over the equipment occurred at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday, police said. An unidentified person was beaten in that fight.

Female teens at the Hanley Avenue house told police that after the fight ended, they cleaned up the house, and Simpson left unnoticed.

Simpson and others, including members of his family, confronted those involved in the Hanley Avenue fight two blocks away on Logan Avenue, near Tacoma Avenue, at about 1 a.m., police said.

Those being confronted opened fire and shot Simpson; Emmanuel Simpson, 24, of Lexington Avenue; Sha-aute Pettway, 22, of Katherine Avenue; and Brandon Smith, 22, of Rogers Road.

The four went to ValleyCare Northside Medical Center for treatment. All but Smith were then taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center’s trauma unit nearby.

Police said the victims are expected to recover even though two of the three taken to St. Elizabeth were in critical condition late Saturday. Police didn’t say which two were in critical condition.

Police found an abandoned black Buick, with its engine running, near the crime scene.

Witnesses were interviewed by police.

As for suspects, Police Chief Rod Foley said, “There are some people of interest to talk to, but nothing solid yet.”

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