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UPDATE: Three deaths are connected to early-morning shootings

This is the Torch Club Bar and Grill, 1281 Salt Springs Road, early today after a series of events unfolded near the club at around 2 a.m. Two people died near the bar and another person died in a crash several blocks away.

YOUNGSTOWN — Three people died from apparent gunshot wounds sustained this morning near the Torch Club Bar and Grill on Salt Springs Road.

At least three other people also were injured by the 2:11 a.m. gunfire, Police Chief Carl Davis said during a news conference today. At least one is in critical condition.

The shootings occurred outside of the bar, but the incident originated inside it, and there were three other crime scenes associated with the episode, Davis said.

One of the people who died was involved in a crash not far from the bar. No one has been arrested in the case, “But there are a number of people we are talking to,” said Youngstown Police Capt. Jason Simon.

Six detectives and a host of other law enforcement officers are working on the investigation, and several area police departments assisted Youngstown police with crowd control for the chaotic scene that police found when they arrived, the chief said.

The bar is at 1281 Salt Springs Road. A crash took place at Salt Springs Road and Greenwood Street several blocks east at around the same time. That apparently is the crash that involved a fatality, but another crash was reported to have happened in front of the bar.

The chief said there are “least three separate crime scenes” that the detective bureau, crime scene bureau and accident investigative bureau are investigating.

As with all incidents of this type, the police department is asking for the public to provide tips or share cell phone videos by calling 330-746-CLUE or 330-742-8YPD. Tips can be left anonymously.

Mayor Jamael Tito Brown mentioned that he routinely takes information from the public with the understanding that he will not identify the person who provides the information and said he encourages the public to contact his office.

Davis thanked the officers who first responded to the scene to provide first “and control a chaotic and tragic incident.”

During the news conference, Brown said addressing city’s violence will involve “a collective peace” involving judicial system.

Law Director Jeff Limbian said it’s important that prosecutors do a good job of explaining the reasons why sufficently high bond amounts should be set for individuals involved in serious crimes so there is not a “revolving door bondwise.”

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