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Assault weapon recovered in probe of child’s murder

Published: Tue, August 21, 2012 @ 1:36 p.m.

Assault weapon recovered in probe of child’s murder


An assault weapon was recovered Tuesday near the East Side residence of Shawn Ramone Wilson, 21, a person of interest in the murder of an eight-year-old boy, police said.

Bryce Linebaugh was killed about 1:15 a.m. Monday as he slept in a bunk bed at his home, 1404 Maplewood Court in Rockford Village.

Police have said the shooter used a semi-automatic assault rifle, possibly an AK-47, to fire six to 12 rounds into the boy’s house and a next-door neighbor.

Wilson was named a person of interest Monday and turned himself into police about 4 p.m. Monday. Wilson is being held in Mahoning County jail on an unrelated probation violation. As of 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wilson had not been charged in connection with boy’s murder.

Police searched a wooded area next to Wilson’s Browning Avenue residence about 10 a.m. Tuesday and found a weapon after about 30 minutes of searching, police said.


1AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Thank goodness so many people support the owning of AK47's. What would we do without a AK47?. Glad to listen to Rush and Hannity support these types of assault weapons. We all need them.

So sad to see another inocent life taken. Way too many inocent people killed by weapons.

Go ahead CCW's. Claim you need them for self defense. How come NO CCWers are around when they seem to be needed? Because it is a farce. It's bullcrap justification to own a AK47.

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2ChangeYoungstown(10 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@Vindy.com - Please stop using the term "assault weapon". This does nothing more than underline the fact that the writer of this "article"/snippet knows nothing about firearms. Guns are inanimate objects. Under Ohio law only people commit crimes (read: assault), not objects. High school journalism class obviously didn't pay off for this writer.

@AnotherAverageCitizen - You're an idiot. Take your extremist, nutjob psycho babble somewhere else. Believe it or not some people here use firearms for protection, not for shooting up the 'hood. The guy that shot this kid is a MURDERER and a disgrace to the human species. Why does it matter if it was an AK-47 style firearm that he used to commit his criminal act? Would another firearm not be able to do the same thing and take a life? Would you be calling for a ban on all kitchen knives had the child been stabbed with a Ginsu? Maybe it's the scary images you get thinking of the AK-47 wielding bad guys you saw in a movie or on the news that make you uncomfortable? Or maybe Is it just the caliber you dislike? Maybe 7.62x39 is what's scaring you? What about .308? .30-06? 7.62 x 54R? Would you be more comfortable with an AK-74 in 5.45?. I am a law abiding citizen and love my AK-47. If you want it, come and take it.

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3GoPens(397 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Another gun apologist who comes out after these awful tragedies. Unreal and frightening.

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4hollywood(94 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

my heart n prayers go out to both families involved. what happened to bryce is just terrible. (if he did do it) shawn family never wanted or expected this and they are hurting also. that bad bad decision that he made that day broke down alot of ppl.

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5VINDYAK(1824 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

The AK-47 is the most prolific firearm in world history. The communist nations produced millions upon millions of them. They are not considered accurate but are very robust. Movies and TV shows have glamorized them so much so that every hood, druggie and gansta wants one. For 4 or 5 hundred dollars, one can be legally purchased. Street prices are another matter. Because of proliferation, banning them will not work. Just as in drugs.

Now that I have filled you in on "The AK", let's look at why they are showing up in crimes. They are considered a status symbol by those with criminal intent. Before, it was the cheap Saturday Night Special, then the Hi-Point, Mac Ten, then the Glock. How do these weapons end up on the streets and in the hands of our young people today who are either under aged, or have a record and cannot legally own or purchase a weapon? Just like in drugs...because they can. Drugs are illegal, against the law and yet ruin many of our youngsters lives. Yet we can't stop it. All the laws on the books and we cannot stop it.

So, the real question is, what are we doing wrong? And what are we prepared to do to stop our escalating crime in our youth? Banning drugs and guns isn't working, folks. Wake up, America. Take a look at how our children are growing up and what we are allowing them to do and how many times we let them off lightly, only for them to return with bigger crimes.

The answer my friends is blowing in the wind...so why is it we can't catch it? Or, is it because we don't want to catch it?

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6Shot_In_Youngstown(141 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

How does one conceal an AK-47?

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7Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Who in the he@# cares about what gun was used. Bottom line is a INNOCENT child, sleeping in his bed, was killed. These sorry a@# cockroaches need to be taken off the streets or shot by someone with a CCW. Another senseless murder! It needs to stop.

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8AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Change, claims ''Believe it or not some people here use firearms for protection, not for shooting up the 'hood. ""

However that does not seem to be the case. Like I said, nobody is ever around to defend themselves, whenj these shootings take place. I am not against all guns. Never said that. You seem so defensive, and try to make it look like I said get rid of all guns. You complain abou the author being misleading , and you do the same thing.

Vindyak, You say a lot, but gave no answers.

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9ChangeYoungstown(10 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I agree with you there on one point, AnotherAverageCitizen.. If more people were legally carrying concealed with even just a little bit of training to back it up and more than just a handful actually cared about what's going on in the community maybe these disgusting, pitiful excuses of human beings would think before committing their crimes. They obviously don't care what the legal ramifications are. Who would've thunk it? Criminals showing blatant disregard for the law and other people? Social contract..what's that?! LOL What a dream world some of these people live in. It's pretty hard to make these hoods care about anything - they don't work for what they have, they have no pride in their homes or neighborhoods (why should they? pay no taxes, pay the bare minimum in rent w/ Section 8, etc) , no ethics to speak of, no parental figures... Seriously, I'm just waiting for the shooter's family to start whining on TV about how the shooter was "turning his life around" or "starting to go back to church" and what a "good boy" he is, etc... Give me a break.

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10bmanresident(607 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago


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11whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Wow bmanresident this Shawn Wilson and friends of Facebook are a bunch of loser psycho's rapped up in ebonics.

Picture of a few $20's and a pistol and she thinks she is Queen of the jungle.

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12Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Not to mention his girlfriend with the THUG4LIFE quote in the background. Amazing these sorry excuses for human DNA. And talk about Ebonics, that is just pitiful. Oh the future of America, we are in bad shape with these fools.

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13whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Hope the D.A. uses his Facebook in his trial, bring all of his "cough, cough" character witnesses in.

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14southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Semi-automatic domestically produced AK-type rifles are legal and obtainable in most states of the United States...remember, guns don't kill, people do.

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15IslandMike(764 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

People always argue that having a CCW is the ANSWER for every shooting. PATHETIC. Having a CCW would NOT have prevented this tradgedy, it would NOT have prevented the shooting at the movie theatre in Colorado, nor would it have stopped the shooting in Columbine. When someone pre-plans an attack using a military assault weapon, people with a hand gun are defenseless. The 2nd Amendment was NOT written with assault weapons in mind and they should be banned. What next?, are we going to legalize hand grenades and tanks for public purchase? People would be able to level the playing ground if they had a CCW and were going up against a criminal with a hand gun. Allowing military assault weapons to be purchased by the public has made a person with a CCW permit DEFENSELESS, you may as well have a squirt gun. Look at the population of Toronto, Canada and their homicide rate and tell me that stricter gun laws don't make a difference.

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16Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago


No one said having a CCW is the answer for everything. It's not, that's common sense. And to compare the Colorado, Columbine, etc incidents is asinine. No matter what crime is commited, a gun, assault weapon, etc. there is no way a person can prevent it. Thus the reason sometimes in the process of a crime, we have what we call Heroes. It's those individuals that help in preventing the criminal in killing someone or stopping them. Case in point, those 3 guys protecting there girlfriends from being killed in Colorado. Called Hero's. Another quick search came up with this....


Just recently

"McGuinty's comments came as Toronto residents struggled to come to terms with violence that erupted at a block party in a diverse community in the city's east end.
Gunmen opened fire at the outdoor party, killing 14-year-old Shyanne Charles and Joshua Yasay, 23, and sending 23 others to hospital with gunshot injuries.
Police announced an arrest in the case Thursday, charging Nahom Tsegazab, 19, with reckless discharge of a firearm.
"We are doing all we can at the provincial level to fight this growing threat to our communities," the letter read.

The letter was sent in response to a rash of high-profile shootings that touched off a particularly violent summer in the city.
Two men were killed on June 2 when a gunman opened fire in the food court of the Toronto Eaton Centre, one of Toronto's most popular shopping destination.
Weeks later, shots rang out in broad daylight as patrons gathered in the city's Little Italy neighbourhood to watch a Eurocup soccer match. One man was killed.
Four people have died of gun violence this week alone, including the victim's of Monday's incident, Toronto police said.


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17southsidedave(5199 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

An AK-47...the preferred weapon of our enemies.

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