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Shooting at Youngstown church injures teen basketball player

Published: Fri, December 14, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

BY Susan Tebben



A teenager was shot during a basketball program that turned chaotic at a South Side church Thursday night.

Martin Luther Lutheran Church, 420 Clearmount Drive, was having a regular basketball program for males age 15 to 20 in the church gymnasium when a fight occurred and a shot rang out.

“Before I knew it, a shot broke out and people were looking for cover,” said the Rev. Paul Heine, church pastor who was on duty at the time, but away from the group of basketball players. “[The injured teen] came over to me and said ‘I think I’ve been shot.’ ”

Youngstown police said the boy was injured in the left leg above the knee, but the injuries were not life-threatening.

The Rev. Mr. Heine said he wasn’t aware of what caused the incident or how many were involved, but no one else reported injuries.

The teen’s name is not being released because he is a minor, but Mr. Heine said the boy was conscious when paramedics took him out of the gym.

About 25 basketball players were in the gym at the time.

The program at the Newport area church was started to give the teenagers a way to stay off the streets and have something to do at night, Mr. Heine said. It is supported by parents, and adults are on duty during the program.

“I hope that this doesn’t discourage people from coming to the program,” he said. “We have had no problems with it up to this point.”

Youngstown police had no additional details on the shooting at press time.


1Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

How come whenever they have a group together, either a fight breaks out or gun shots or both. And I find it hard to believe no one knows who did the shooting.

And Heine making this statement instead of getting pi@#ed off about someone carrying a gun into the gym, firing it and finding the coward. Oh well, there was a shooting, some kid got hit, but please come back. smh at society today.

"“I hope that this doesn’t discourage people from coming to the program,” he said. “We have had no problems with it up to this point.”"

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2JoeDirt35(14 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago

It is not the poor kids fault,it is the guns fault and let alone everyone knows that basketball breeds violence and thugs look at the NBA. They should do away with basketball and play a real mans sport like polo.This would not happen at a polo match.

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3Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 1 year, 9 months ago


"How about giving the pastor credit for trying to do something positive for some young people?"

I'm ALL for doing what this pastor is doing, but doing this, wouldn't you take a stand about guns being there???

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