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The victims may also be suspects, the police chief says



Published: Wed, May 1, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

YOUNGSTOWN

Police are investigating the possibility that three Youngstown men — including one fatally wounded — were shooting at one another in the dead man’s North Side home.

“We don’t know if they’re suspects as well as victims,” said Police Chief Rod Foley.

Kristopher M. Stuart, 26, was found dead about 10:30 p.m. Monday on the floor of a front room at his 2127 Elm St. home with a silver revolver lying near his hand.

“He was shot by someone inside,” Foley said.

Also, Dejuan Thomas, 31, of Osborne Avenue and Kalontae Carter, 22, of Norwood Avenue, were shot.

Carter told officers he was in front of his house when a tan car drove by, and someone in the vehicle shot him and sped off.

But Foley said, “We don’t think that was accurate.”

Thomas and Carter were in Stuart’s house when they were shot, Foley said.

“Everything happened inside the house,” he said.

When asked if Thomas and Carter were in a shoot-out with Stuart, Foley declined to comment saying police were reviewing evidence.

Police spoke to two of Stuart’s neighbors who told officers that they heard a loud argument and then gunfire at Stuart’s home at 9:30 p.m.

Also, police spoke to a man who helps take care of Stuart’s dog who was walking past the Elm Street house and noticed the door was open, something that he told officers was not normal.

That man went to a friend’s house, and the two entered Stuart’s home about 10:30 p.m. and saw him lying on the floor in a large pool of blood and then called police.

Also, police received a call from St. Elizabeth Health Center about 9:45 p.m. about Thomas, who walked into the emergency room with multiple gunshot wounds to his chest and torso.

Thomas said, “I can’t believe he shot me,” and collapsed on the floor, police said.

About 20 minutes later, Carter arrived at the emergency room with a gunshot wound to his left biceps area, police said.

As of late Tuesday, Thomas was in critical but stable condition, and Carter was in stable condition.

Stuart is the city’s fourth homicide victim of the year. By this day in 2012, there were 10 homicides in the city.


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