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Youngstown cops probe whether teen shot himself by accident



Published: Wed, March 21, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

Gun that killed male, 14, still has not been found

By John W. Goodwin Jr.

jgoodwin@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police believe a teen shot on the North Side accidentally fired the fatal shot himself, but the gun he was carrying still has not been recovered.

Suadonte Wright, 14, of Tod Lane, was found near the intersection of Kensington Avenue and Tacoma Street on Monday evening dead of a gunshot wound to the head. He had been walking in the area with a 15-year-old teen with whom he lived.

Wright is the son of a man killed during the robbery of a Belmont Avenue restaurant in April of 2011. In that incident, Warren Wright, 32, was killed by an off-duty officer as he tried to rob the Galaxy Seafood restaurant at gunpoint.

Police report that Suadonte Wright and the other teen were walking down Kensington just before 9 p.m. Monday. The pair spoke to a woman sitting on a porch along Kensington and kept walking, but the woman told police she heard two gunshots shortly after the teens walked by, then saw Wright lying in the street.

No gun was found on or near Wright when police arrived on the scene, police said.

The teen walking with Wright was seen running down Kensington shortly after the shots were heard by witnesses.

Police initially were looking at the shooting as a homicide, but that changed early in the investigation when officers spoke to the teen, whose identity was not revealed in the police report.

Detective Sgt. Daryl Martin said investigators are waiting on a gunshot-residue test and a few other pieces of evidence, but it appears Wright may have shot himself accidentally.

“It looks like an accident. We don’t think he was trying to kill himself, but it looks like he was playing with the gun and that is what happened,” said Martin.

Martin said the teen walking with Wright was seen running after the shooting because he panicked and ran home to get help when the gun went off. Police spoke to the boy and said his account of what took place does match the evidence gathered by police, pointing to an accidental shooting.

Martin said the gun Wright is believed to have been carrying has not been recovered, but a large crowd of people gathered at the scene before police arrived and the gun could have been taken by anyone in the crowd.

Police recovered three spent shell casings at the scene of the shooting — one near Wright’s foot and two closer to the Tacoma/ Kensington intersection.

Wright’s police record shows that he was taken into custody earlier this year for a fight at P. Ross Berry Eighth and Ninth Grade Academy, where he was a student. According to police, he was part of a large group of kids involved in a fight Jan. 23.

The city schools crisis team of counselors since first thing Tuesday morning has been at P. Ross Berry, where Suadonte was in ninth grade, said Karen Ingraham, school district spokeswoman.

Wright also was arrested as the primary aggressor in an attack on a mother and son in 2011. He was charged with assault and criminal damaging and taken to the Martin P. Joyce Juvenile Justice Center.

In the South Side attack, Wright was walking and kicked the door of a passing car. A 19-year-old man inside the car reportedly got out of the car to inspect the damage and ask Wright why he kicked the car. He was attacked by a group of teens, thrown to the ground and repeatedly kicked and punched.

The 52-year-old mother of the man being attacked got out of the car in an attempt to stop the group from beating her son, but she, too, was attacked.

Wright was not convicted of any wrongdoing in the fight at school or the attack on the mother and son. Both cases against him were pending in juvenile court at the time of his death.


Comments

1danikytn(248 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

What a sad culture where its accepted to carry a gun at 14, and to already have a record longer than most adults. I feel for his family for all the loss theyve suffered, but i cannot wrap my head around the things that make this ok?

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2foxyglo(372 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

It wasn't like it was midnight but he should have been @ home or @ least outside around his own house, what the hell was he doing with a damn gun

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3m__dogg(12 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

One clue to a kid's character-the father was part of a robbery gone bad in which he lost his life. The old saying applies here: "The apple does not fall far from the tree." A child grows up to be similar to its parents in both behavior and physical characteristics. In other words, he was a product of his family, neighborhood and social interactions. We must educate educate educate with both parents on the same education path or this will happen over and over again.

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4joydav(41 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

"The apple does not fall far from the tree." Not often true. I know many kids that have parents that do nothing but go to work, church, and run errands for the most part. Their kids are nothing like them. As children grow and develop their own personalities they become their own person. No matter how they are brought up they choose the path they take. Now, I do agree that the outside world will change a child from the way they were raised to the person they become. When this world takes a hold of some children the outcome is sometimes bad. I pray that people stop criticizing and start helping.

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5VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

It is so shocking to see, read and hear of the way children are growing up in many parts of our cities today. Their environment is all wrong, their mindset is on the wrong track and their parents are worthless.

When children are first born, they all start out as equals...angels from God, but their lives take many different paths...all guided by adults who form and mold them into what they become later in life.

As we progress well into the 21st century, we see human regression growing with no hope of ever improving for a child born to those who do not care.

Why is it we can take a child away from his parents because he is overweight, but we overlook the real plight in America today? The manufacturing of the next generation of criminals.

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6Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

A 14 and 15 year old walking the streets with a gun. Huge problem. Once again another needless death.

J

"I pray that people stop criticizing and start helping."

What do you propose? There is help for the kids, parent, parents all over Youngstown. They have to want the help to get the help, if not then this is usually the outcome.
It's not criticizing it's the cold heart truth with no sugarcoating. Are the parent/s not tired of burying their kids?

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7m__dogg(12 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

No criticizing by me, and I have given good advice to the people in question. Both parents and children must spend their time educating themselves. They must support, protect and oversee every aspect of the important educational process. They must speak with the teachers, go to PTA meetings, utilize tutors, use our library system, tour YSU in order to get the feel of the educational environment, join scholastic clubs and promote and reward educational milestones. This must be done in order to get out of the blight of the inner city or be able to help others in the future survive the inner city. This must be done or stories like this will always be a part of life in the inner city. An educated individual is a powerful force which will prevail and set you free of the problems of our current inner city environment.

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8THICKNJUICY210(1 comment)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I SEE THAT THERE A QUIT A FEW PEOPLE HAVE THINGS TO SAY NEGATIVELY ABOUT THE CITY AND THE THINGS THAT GO ON HERE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO HELP THE PROBLEM????? WHO ARE YOU TO JUDGE ANYONE!!!!! YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT THESE PEOPLE HAVE BEEN THROUGH AND IT DON'T MAKE THINGS RIGHT. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HELPED ANYONE???? JUST BECAUSE SOMEONE IS CHARGED IT DONT MEAN THEY ARE GUILTY OF ANYTHING. WHERE ARE THE GOD FEARING PEOPLE?????? WHAT IS IT FOR THESE CHILDREN TO DO AND WHERE CAN THEY GO??? WHAT CAN YOU DO TO CHANGE THINGS????!!!!

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9danikytn(248 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

As sad as it is to say, as a parent myself in yougstown, i would never let my children out after dark. I myself dont even like to go out after dark, regardless of what side of town. If he wanted something from the corner store but felt the need to take a gun with him, this should be evidence enough that he wasnt in the best neighborhood. A parent shouldve gone with him, or he just shouldve waited. Children are a product of their environment, end of story. I have 3 children, who attend the city schools, and their mindset and behavior is totally different from a lot of the kids they go to school with, simply because they come from a two parent household with two parents who are actively involved in their lives. We lead by example.

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10Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Looks like we may have a need for more police power . Some where ,some place this must start comeing to an end .
It seems that Right or Left has no idea what to do . We just sit around and argue about it and nobody does anything. How can you say Family values when some have no family values . Some say give more money ,. will that has not worked . So maybe fear will work .

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11DwightK(1304 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

This is a shame. Someone said upthread that all children start the same and that is a true statement. As parents we have to set an example and teach through our actions. Too many people have children and don't know how to be a good parent. If this young man thought it was all right to carry a gun at 14, to run around with hoodlums who kick cars on the street and fight at school, something was wrong in his home.

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12Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

something was wrong in his home.
Do you think
How you going to fix it ????

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13doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

THICKNJUICY why should anyone help if they obviously don't want the help. Quit looking for something for nothing.

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14Lifes2Short(3878 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

thick

"WHAT IS IT FOR THESE CHILDREN TO DO AND WHERE CAN THEY GO???"

Quit using that excuse. How come other kids have something to do and NEVER get in trouble? Why is it only the same ones over and over that get in trouble? Their is plenty to do. So than it's OK for a 14 and 15 year old to carry a gun in the streets?

"WHAT CAN YOU DO TO CHANGE THINGS????!!!!"

Once again, no one seems to be able to answer this question, why does a community have to raise a kid to learn right from wrong? Is that not the PARENT/s responsibility? They brought the kid into this world then they should teach them right from wrong the minute they are borne. It's called RESPONSIBILITY. Look the word up. Especially #4

re·spon·si·bil·i·ty   [ri-spon-suh-bil-i-tee] noun, plural -ties.
1. the state or fact of being responsible.
2. an instance of being responsible: (The responsibility for this mess is yours)!
3. a particular burden of obligation upon one who is responsible: (the responsibilities of authority).
4. a person or thing for which one is responsible: (A child is a responsibility to its parents).
5. reliability or dependability, especially in meeting debts or payments.

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15nonchalant(12 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

A social worker should visit the homes of high risk children on a WEEKLY BASIS for a face to face meeting with them. High risk would mean any child who was a client of our juvenile justice system. The child's needs and concerns should be addressed during these meetings.

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16Realwill(7 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

The problem,is where are these Kids.Getting these Guns from?This type of Mess is going on,all across the Country.17 people shot in Chicago.including a 6 yr.old girl,that got kill,sitting on her porch.that was,just this weekend.but I guess,she was a problem child too!!!

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17WhatRUAfraidOf(85 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

mahoningcovoice - I think your comments are disgusting. I know this kid was no angel. But to wish death on someone, no matter what the person might be like, is not right, either. My mother used to always tell us not to wish evil for other people because it would likely turn around and happen to us. You might be right about this kid being a thug, but no one deserves to die like this.

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18CountryGirl51(207 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

@Mahoningcovoice~ Your comment sickens me !! saying "Good for him. This was not another needless death." How can you say such a thing ! This was a boy ! Someones child. Regardless of how much trouble he got into. You dont wish someone to die ! I feel bad for his family and friends. This was a terrible thing to have happen. These parents need to be more accountable for there children. Know what they are doing, who they are with, where they are going. I was a single parent. I knew all the time where my child was, who she was with and what she was doing. I called, i checked up where she was at etc...I taught her morals, values etc. She was valedictorian, she got a full ride honors scholarship and graduated from college with honors. Kids can have this ! If the parents are willing to put the time and effort into it ! But most of them i think dont want to be bothered. They want them out of the house, so the kids come home from school, no chores, no responsibility, no parent asking them about school, home work, just pushed out the door and on there own til they come back for bed ! Its sad !!!

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19jeepers(127 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

So sad--BUT--I believe there are several innocent people that won"t be hurt by this jerk had he lived to be an adult. His patterns of behavior had been ingrained already.He MIGHT have changed for the better as he grew older. Carrying a gun at his age, he most likely wasn't going to stop carrying it in the future. 2 generations died the same way.Did he have any children yet? Hope not. The reason it takes a village to raise a child today, is the biological animals that procreated in this case just don't understand responsibility.TOO SAD IT HAS BECOME THE NORM.

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20mahoningcovoice(11 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

first of all I didn't "wish" this on this thug. I didn't even know him. I just said what EVERYONE was thinking but was afraid to write it. I'm just saying now that he did the deed himself he saved us the responsibility of incarcerating him a lifetime. He saved some family or families the grief of losing a poor innocent loved one cause the writing was on the wall. This kid was a thug. If it quacks like a thug and carries a gun like a thug It's A Thug. Im saying now that its done, good riddens. I bet everyone who didn't like my post hasn't had a chance to lose a loved one or be victimized by this thug, had you, you would be singing a different tune. I mean why is he now carrying a gun at 14? Look at his record. He attacked a 52-year-old mother and her 19 year old son after kicking their car for no reason. So you can see the writing on the wall. This thug was a thug thrill seeker and stomping and beating innocent people was no longer going to do it for this POS. He was moving up to killing thats why he was carrying a gun. So live by the sword die by the sword. And its a good thing it happened sooner than later cause this dim-wit fired 2 shots so the first shot probably was directed at someone and when he didn't hit his target he looked at the barrel to see if it was shooting straight. So good for him good for everyone else.

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21HOWDYNABOR(5 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Those who decry the lack of respect for life in others have no respect for life or death themselves.

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22busyman(239 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Wow! Derf had his account deactivated and he was not half as hurtfull as some of these people. I think that Peggy Guerny did him in.

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23esssie(4 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Regardless of him being a "thug" he was someones child. To this mother and her family I say, "Stay strong, God bless, and I am sorry for your loss."

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24LtMacGowan(669 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

"A social worker should visit the homes of high risk children on a WEEKLY BASIS"

Yeah that would be a good start unfortunately all this is moot because come election time we can't even pass levies for schools let alone something like that.

If you want more services we've got to pay more in taxes its quite simple.

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25peggygurney(402 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

busyman, LOL, you do seem to have an "issue" with me, since I find my name mentioned in quite a few of your recent posts. Is it because I try to help people? Since you don't even know me, makes me wonder. Does someone trying to help someone else really bother you THAT much? Wow, that's just pitiful.

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26maliboo(5 comments)posted 2 years, 8 months ago

CLEARLY MOST OF YOU ON HERE ARE NOT GOD FEARING PEOPLE,YOU JUDGE AS IF YOU ARE THE GOD HIMSELF ,WHICH YOU ARE NOT,YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THIS "CHILD'S" LIFE HAS BEEN LIKE,AND TO SIT HERE AND SAY THE THINGS YOU ARE SAYING,IT'S NO WONDER THE WORLD IS THIS WAY IT'S NOT JUST THE PEOPLE IN THE "GHETTO" THAT ARE DESTROYING THE WORLD IT'S ALSO YOU PEOPLE WHO THINK YOU ARE MUCH BETTER THAN THEY ARE ,,GOD IS LOVE AND THERE IS NO LOVE ON EITHER SIDE OF THIS CONVERSATION...MY HEARTACHES FOR ALL OF YOU NOT KNOWING....

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