City police investigating fatal shooting on West Side

Staff report


Police are investigating a shooting death that occurred at 3:21 p.m. Saturday in the 100 block of Rhoda Avenue on Youngstown’s West Side.

Brandon Wareham, 18, of Austintown, was shot while sitting in his car in a driveway, according to 21 WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, He died later at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

If the Mahoning County coroner rules Wareham’s death a homicide, it would be the first in the city this year. Calls to the coroner’s office were not returned at press time.

The 26th and last homicide of 2017 in Youngstown occurred Dec. 21. A man was found bleeding and unconscious about 12:20 p.m. in a home in the 100 block of East Judson Avenue. He died on the way to the hospital where a bullet wound was found in the victim, leading police to investigate the death as a homicide.

There were four homicides in Youngstown at this time in 2017.

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