Four have died within the last 19 days

Staff report


A man killed in an exchange of gunfire about 12:45 a.m. Sunday is the city’s sixth homicide victim of 2016 and the fourth in 19 days.

City police say Michael J. Pete, 30, was found on the front porch of a house at 62 E. Evergreen Ave. with multiple gunshot wounds to the chest. He later died at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Lt. Doug Bobovnyik of the detective bureau said it appears Pete was killed in an exchange of gunfire.

Jermaine Bunn, 38, whom the police report described as a suspect, was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound to the face. He was taken there by private vehicle, Bobovnyik said.

Bobovnyik said the wounded man is suspected of exchanging gunfire with Pete. The detective said police would confer today with the county prosecutor to determine if charges will be filed.

There were 23 homicides in the city in 2015, but at this point last year there had been two. Though no homicides were recorded in March, three occurred in April.

This year, there was one homicide each in January and February. However, the number of homicides exploded in March, with three recorded – one each on March 16, 20 and 29.

Of the six homicide deaths in 2016, five were shot and one was beaten to death. All were male.

Four of the first six homicides in 2015 resulted from shootings, one person was beaten to death and another was stabbed. As in 2016, all the 2015 victims to this point were male.

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