Murder suspect involved in shooting earlier in the day



Investigators say the suspect in the shooting death of a 33-year-old woman in a North Side home early Saturday was looking for someone else.

Detective Sgt. John Perdue, lead investigator, said the suspect, Prince Jennings, 29, was looking for an ex-boyfriend of someone inside the home when he fired several shots inside about 12:55 a.m. Saturday.

Killed in the shooting was Shannon Strosnider. Reports said she was shot in the calf and was unresponsive when found by police and the other people inside the home. Reports said her friends told officers Strosnider suffered from a heart ailment.

Perdue said that Jennings had shot at the ex-boyfriend at Wick and Bissell avenues Friday afternoon, and investigators think Jennings headed over to the house because he believed the man would be there.

Perdue said Jennings knocked on the front door before firing several rounds inside.

“He just started shooting through the door,” Perdue said.

Reports said there were 12 bullet holes in the front door and officers collected several shell casings from the front porch.

Perdue said he had no idea why Jennings was feuding with the man he was looking for.

A search of court records showed no local criminal charges against Jennings. Jennings had two traffic cases from municipal court, both in 2008, court records show.

Jennings had not been taken into custody as of late Monday afternoon. He faces warrants of felonious assault and aggravated murder.

Strosnider’s death is the fifth homicide in Youngstown this year. At this point in 2013, there were eight homicides. In 2013, there were 20 homicides.

The last homicide in the city was May 28, when a homeless man who was in a fight and knocked unconscious, fell face-first into a puddle in a downtown parking lot and died. Police have made an arrest in that man’s death.

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