UPDATE | Police ID man killed in bar shooting

YOUNGSTOWN — Police said witnesses told them there was no indication that there was trouble before a man was shot several times early Thursday morning at a West Side bar.

The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as Derrick Franklin, 23. His death is the city’s 23rd homicide of 2018 and second this week.

Chief of Detectives Capt. Brad Blackburn said the man was shot at about 1:20 a.m. inside the All City Sports Bar, 1698 Mahoning Ave. Friends took him to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, where he died from his wounds.

There was a large crowd at the bar and the scene was chaotic, Blackburn said. He said investigators were able to speak to several people, however, who said they could see no argument or fight before the victim was shot.

It also appears there was only one person who fired a gun, Blackburn said. He said several shell casings were recovered at the scene, but no weapons were found.

Blackburn said he was not sure if there had ever been trouble at the bar.

In September, someone stole and then drove his ex-grifriend’s car into the side of the bar. Reports said police found drugs inside the car.

Since Oct. 14, the city has recorded 11 homicides, with three of those being on the West Side. Overall for the year there have been five homicides on the West Side.

In 2017, at least two homicides were on the West Side.

Overall, the city had 28 homicides in 2017.

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