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Gunfire bursts amid leaf cleanup on South Side



Published: Sat, November 10, 2012 @ 12:08 a.m.

By Jeanne Starmack

starmack@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

It was just after 5 p.m. Friday when Shelby Gregory drove up to a house in the 300 block of Evergreen Avenue to pick up her sister.

She was parked along the street as her sister, Shirlynne Ford, came through the front door onto the porch.

Also in Gregory’s car were her 21-year-old daughter, 6-year-old grandson and 1-year-old granddaughter.

Shirley Green, Ford’s mother, was inside the house, and a male relative was on the porch with Ford.

Several bags of leaves were in a neat row by the curb, and in the yard beside the house were four people who’d just finished raking those leaves and bagging them.

Among them was John May, who was visiting. His dog, a chihuahua named Pebbles, was roaming loose nearby.

Across the street, a neighbor had gone inside his house a short time earlier after working on his car.

He was in his kitchen when the early evening peace was blown apart.

“I heard, ‘pow, pow, pow,’ and those folks were out cleaning up leaves,” he said, declining to be identified for this story.

The relative with Ford, who also did not want to be identified, threw her to the porch floor and dove on top of her as Green screamed from inside for everyone to get down.

May sensed one bullet whiz by the group in the yard. He scrambled to catch his dog in the rush to get out of harm’s way.

In the street, a shooter in a burgundy car had just opened fire on a man in a green car, to the best recollection of the shocked bystanders who had suddenly found themselves dodging bullets. The burgundy car sped east, and the green car took off west as the victim, who called police to tell them he was shot in the mouth, drove himself to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Police who had arrived at the scene learned from the hospital that his injury wasn’t life-threatening.

“It had nothing to do with anyone on the street,” said the neighbor who was in his kitchen when the shooting started.

In the aftermath, Green inspected one of her car’s tires that had been flattened by a bullet.

Pebbles was bundled securely inside May’s jacket as he remembered the close call he and his friends had just had.

Gregory was angry her grandchildren had been put in such danger. When police finally said the witnesses could go, she was more than ready to leave.

Ford was grateful for a selfless act of protection on the porch.

No further information was available from police Friday night.

Staff writer John Goodwin contributed to this story.


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1Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

""Gregory was angry her grandchildren had been put in such danger. When police finally said the witnesses could go, she was more than ready to leave."""

Wow, they actually talked to the Police. Good for them. Now to get these 2 filthy cockroaches caught and hopefully to the morgue instead of the jail. Useless DNA and no benefit to our civilized society.

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2lee(544 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

This makes my point about not going to Ytown I don't like getting shot at.

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3author50(1121 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

I thought with the closing of The Coconut Grove all violent crime would cease in the South Side?

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4excel(281 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

After the investment in the welcome to Youngstown signs we don't need this kind of publicity.

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5card64inmyrtle(26 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Oh yeah the smell of burning leaves and the popping of gunfire....swell to be back home again!!!!

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6busyman(239 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Watch out! The law suit will come. Someone will say the the city did not pick up the leaves and that situation contributed to the aggrevation of those involved. Thus the western style shoot out. I wonder if the victim going to the hospital had health care from his gang membership. Maybe the money we spend on treating these thugs could be used to help those 13 people that got kicked out of there nursing home because the medicaid system is burdened by shooting victims.

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7redvert(2064 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Some of these stories though they are about crime, are also amusing.

"A chihuahua named Pebbles, was roaming loose nearby" (potential fine). Usually there is mention of a tricycle somewhere in the yard.

Ms. Starmack obviously received high marks in "creative writing" in school.!

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8PJR(20 comments)posted 1 year, 10 months ago

Articles such as this are very damaging to the city's image. We need to move on and not dwell on the negative.

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