A 27-year-old Boardman man is still recovering from being shot four times Thursday night on South Avenue.
Police said John Myles had to have surgery, and his condition at this point is not known.
“There were some witnesses who saw part of the event, and the detectives are looking for a vehicle now,” Police Chief Jack Nichols said.
Police were called to Afton Avenue about 10:30 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, they located Myles at Cook and Evans avenues.
Myles told police he was walking south on South Avenue in front of a car wash when a black male he didn’t know came up to him, according to a police report. The victim asked the man for a cigarette, and the male reached into his pocket and pulled out a pistol.
Myles was able to get to a phone at a nearby apartment complex to call for help after he was shot. Lane LifeTrans arrived to assist.
Police observed four gunshot wounds in his body, two of which were in his back and two others on the left side of his torso, according to a police report. Police were unable to determine if there were any exit wounds.
There was a report of a vehicle speeding down Cook Avenue, and police are still looking for that vehicle.
Nichols said this is typically not a bad area. “We take it seriously, and our guys investigate it,” he said.
Myles has an open criminal case out of Youngstown Municipal Court for trafficking drugs, a felony offense. He has a sentencing hearing at 9:30 a.m. April 16 in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.