UPDATE | Police ID firefighter shot on Youngstown's North Side

YOUNGSTOWN — City police have identified the firefighter who was wounded in the leg by a bullet late Monday on the North Side.

Lt. Paul Lutton, who was driving engine No. 7, was struck in the lower leg, according to a city police news release.

"He was taken to the hospital and is being treated for a non-life threatening gunshot wound," Capt. Brad Blackburn said in a news release. "It appears that engine No. 7 was hit by two bullets that entered the passenger compartment."

Lutton was part of a crew clearing the scene of a vacant house fire about 11:25 p.m. on Elm Street when someone fired several rounds from an assault rifle at their truck in the 100 block of Halleck Avenue.

Lutton is being treated at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. Fire Chief John O’Neill said he was told if the recovery process is good today, Lutton will be sent home without surgery.

Fire Investigator Capt. Kurt Wright said the home that caught on fire Monday evening also caught on fire in June.

The home is a total loss and was still smoldering Tuesday morning. Wright and police detectives and Crime Lab personnel were also on Halleck early Tuesday morning looking for evidence.

O’Neill said crews will be accompanying firefighters on all calls until they are confident police have caught the person who is responsible.

“Whenever our trucks are rolling, so are they,” O’Neill said.

Anyone with information on the shooting should contact Youngstown police at 330-742-8950, Blackburn said.

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