19-year-old shooting suspect shot; in critical condition

By David Skolnick



An East Florida Avenue man the police chief says is a “person of interest” in a number of shootings, including the Jan. 28 murder of a 17-year-old male, is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to his head.

Police say Lamont McQueen, 20, of West Lucius Avenue admitted he shot Cedrick Robinson, 19, after the two “were tussling” at McQueen’s South Side home. The shooting occurred about 3:20 p.m. Wednesday in McQueen’s driveway, police said.

Robinson was lying face up at the end of McQueen’s driveway and unresponsive when officers arrived, and McQueen was walking from one side of the drive to the other, acting nervous, police said.

McQueen also took officers to the gun used in the shooting, which was in the garage of a nearby house, police said.

McQueen, who had two small bags of suspected marijuana on him when arrested, is to appear today in Youngstown Municipal Court on a charge of felonious assault. He was taken Wednesday to the county jail.

Robinson is a “person of interest” in Jan. 28 murder of Carlos Crues Jr., 17, who was gunned down at a party on the city’s East Side, said Police Chief Rod Foley.

Police say Crues was killed as retaliation for the Jan. 7 murder of Tre’Von Kim-brough, 18, but Crues was a person of interest and not a suspect in that killing.

Robinson also is suspected of being involved in other shootings but hasn’t been charged in any of those because witnesses won’t come forward, Foley said.

“He’s been an up-and-comer the past few months” in terms of suspected criminal activity, Foley said of Robinson.

The police chief added that Robinson is a “very violent young individual.”

But McQueen’s suspected shooting of Robinson was “not in retaliation to other crimes,” Foley said. “It was an argument with a friend that turned violent.”

Robinson was being treated late Wednesday for his wound at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Foley said Robinson was in “very critical condition.”

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