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Coroner identifies two shooting victims

YOUNGSTOWN — “This is a dark day for our community, probably the darkest I’ve ever had as mayor of the city of Youngstown,’ Mayor Jamael Tito Brown said Wednesday, tears streaming down his face.

He was talking about a conflict — apparently among adults — that caused the 2:27 a.m. Wednesday shooting death of a 10-year-old girl in her home at 619 Samuel Ave. on the South Side. The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office identified the child as Persayus Davis-May.

Brown suggested that the shooting is the result of a feud — like many in the city — in which the parties used guns to retaliate.

During a morning news conference, Brown offered his condolences to the family of the child and quickly became emotional.

“Nobody is winning, and we’re losing so much more, greater than a feud or disagreement with one another,” he said. “This has to stop. We’re not solving anything. Families are losing loved ones because of gun violence … ”

Police Chief Carl Davis said the girl was in her home, and adults were outside when the shooting took place at 2:27 a.m. Three adults were hit by the gunfire, but all are expected to survive.

He said there appears to be a link between those gunshots and the crash of a pickup into a telephone pole at around the same time at South and Palmer avenues, 1.3 miles south of the Samuel Avenue shooting.

The coroner’s office said Michael Callahan, 40, was found dead of gunshot wounds in the pickup truck. He was the driver. A male passenger, 42, also was shot and suffered non-life-threatening injuries, the Youngstown Police Department said in a news release.

Davis said he would not discuss the link between the two crime scenes but agreed it is possible there was a shootout on Samuel that also involved the men in the pickup truck.

He agreed that the home in the 600 block of Samuel has had a reputation for drug activity and gun play.

Davis got emotional as well when he spoke with reporters.

“How many times do I have to stand here and keep saying this: Enough is enough,” Davis said.

Read MORE in Thursday’s VINDICATOR.

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