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UPDATED | 36-year-old man fatally shot on the city's South Side



Published: Wed, July 10, 2013 @ 9:50 a.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — The 36-year-old man found murdered this morning in his South Side house was likely dead for several hours before police arrived.

Police said a person of interest, picked up by officers on an unrelated offense, told officers he found the body of Roosevelt Cooper III of East Florida Avenue in the victim’s house around midnight and left because he was afraid he’d be charged with the murder. He was later in a car pulled over by police on Rush Boulevard, charged with obstruction of justice and taken to the Mahoning County jail. About 4 a.m., the man told sheriff’s deputies that he saw a murder victim.

Police don’t consider the man a suspect at this time, Chief Rod Foley said.

“We don’t think he’s linked except to being a witness after the events happened,” he said.

After speaking to the man at the county jail, police went to Cooper’s house at 4:06 a.m. today, about four hours after the person of interest saw the shooting victim.

Cooper had a gunshot wound to the right side of his head and was found dead when officers arrived.

There was no one else in the house when police responded.

For the complete story, read Thursday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


Comments

1danikytn(248 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

The area between Market and South Ave, and Indianola and Midlothian needs to be bombed, just sayin.

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2westcomm11(23 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Im sure he was an upstanding Youngstown citizen !!

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3busyman(239 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

This makes the case for Mooney leaving the city. Where was the block watch on this one.

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4excel(281 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

A sad loss of a life. LET'S GET ALL OF THE GUNS OFF THE STREETS!

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5jfgiancola(157 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Guns don't kill people. People kill people and if they can't use a gun the thugs are resourceful, they will find another method.

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6BoardmanKat(3 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Such a lovely and charming area for the Catholic dioceses to locate the high school. Why wouldn't every loving parent want to spend upwards of 7 grand to send their child into harm's way? Asbestos is just the bonus!

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7nina5288(1 comment)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

RC u were a amazing dude im really sorry that this happened to u i hope they find ur killer and im prayin for ur family. R.I.P RC

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