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South Side neighbors heard shots before man murdered



Published: Sat, July 27, 2013 @ 12:07 a.m.

Neighbors describe area as usually problem-free

By joe gorman

jgorman@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Neighbors said they heard about five gunshots late Thursday, about the same time that a man was shot in the driveway at 3721 Loveland Road on the South Side.

Daniel Watkins, 19, was found slumped over the wheel of a car in the driveway with several gunshot wounds to the chest and later died as he was taken to the hospital about 11:50 p.m. His death was the ninth homicide of the year in Youngstown.

Police found him as other witnesses reported a man running away from the driveway. Capt. Mark Milstead, chief of detectives, declined to discuss a motive Friday. Lt. Doug Bobovnyik said detectives have leads but no suspects.

Neighbors in the quiet area near Buckeye Park all said there is not much trouble in their neighborhood.

Tony Sharp, who lives two houses down, said he was outside when he heard the gunshots.

“I had a fire going and I’m drinking a beer,” Sharp said. “I heard a shot and someone screaming and I called 911.”

Sharp said he was scared.

“I didn’t know where they [bullets] were going,” Sharp said. “I didn’t know if the shooter was still there.”

A woman across the street who did not want to be identified said she heard five shots. A short while later, a police car pulled up and someone shouted, “He went that way!” to the officer, the woman said.

Sharp’s daughter, Patricia, was inside and also heard the shots.

“We just thought it was fireworks,” she said.

Five houses up, Jim Raymond said he also was outside and he also thought the noise was fireworks.

“It was like three or four shots — pop, pop, pop,” Raymond said. “I didn’t think anything of it until the police came.”

Raymond and Sharp both said the neighborhood rarely has any trouble. Sharp said the woman who lives in the home where Watkins was shot has lived there for a couple of years with two boys and there has never been any problems.

“The loudest noise you hear here is the traffic,” Raymond said.

A man who said he lives at the home said he came home about five minutes after the shooting, and that he had never seen Watkins there before. The man did not want to give his name and said he was questioned by detectives.

Watkins has a pending misdemeanor charge in Mahoning County Court in Boardman. Files show he was arrested in April after admitting to taking seven cellphones from the Boardman YMCA in February.

Police are still awaiting a ruling from the coroner’s office on the death of Raytwonn Briggs, 4, who was killed by a gunshot July 7 inside a Fairgreen Avenue home on the North Side. An investigation is being done to see if the death was accidental or a homicide.


Comments

1bmanresident(597 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

The boundaries of the Southside are growing, no one is safe until they are on the other side of Midlothian.

How come there are no descriptions of the guy that ran away. Could it be that he is *gasp* black? Good reporting Vindy.

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2Knightcap(693 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Sounds like a hate crime was committed. Where are the feds and the Justice Brothers?

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3JS(626 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

The killing of people in Youngstown seems to be a natural form of expression. Here a young man is gunned down in a hail of bullets while behind the wheel of a car with no outrage.

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4redvert(2056 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Killings like this, especially if it is black on black doesn't do anything for Jesse, Al, or obowser's cause which is to promote the racist mentality! Now if it was white on black and we could find a picture of the victim at say age 12, whole new ballgame!!!

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5Robert_Neville(119 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

Why is everyone sitting around doing nothing about this. We need to have a protest. Where is that number to my buddy Al sharpton and my good friend parahenry at. When he hears this he will be mad.

These people do not care about solving the problem all they care about is how much money they can make. They are living off all the wrongs in this world and making money.

I hope they find this killer and does the samething to him.

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