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Car containing woman, businesses shot up

YOUNGSTOWN — A car with a woman inside was shot up at 7:29 p.m. Monday outside of a business in the 700 block of Mahoning Avenue just west of downtown. She was not injured.

The woman, 27, said she was about to drive away from the business and head back to Michigan after recording music at the business when she heard what she thought were fireworks.

She she realized her car was being stuck by bullets.

The woman said she saw someone near a fence line along Marshall Street and thinks the person was wearing a red shirt. Her car had multiple bullet holes in the windshield, back window and front fender, police said.

Both driver-side tires were flat.

Police recovered 34 spent bullet shell casings of the type typically used in an assault rifle. These were found in the area where the woman saw the man standing, as were two bullets.

The owner of the business said his property also was struck by gunfire. The gate and fence had been struck, as well as a trailer parked at the property. A business nearby also had bullet holes in an exterior wall, a company representative told police.

When police officers went inside, they discovered bullet holes in windows, walls doors and glass partitions.

A short time earlier, at 6:59 p.m., gunfire was reported in the 800 and 900 blocks of Winona Drive on the South Side. No one was injured.

Police were called to Winona for gunfire and learned it had come from the bottom of the street. They were told a maroon vehicle fled east on Winona toward Glenwood Avenue.

One home on the north side of Winona was hit by multiple gunshots fired from a brown sport utility vehicle that fled east, one witness said.

Officers observed five spent bullet casings in the middle of the street in front of another home. The casings were the same caliber as the ones recovered later on Mahoning Avenue.

A resident said he thinks the person firing the gun had his home confused with someone else’s. He said no one was injured at his home and he did not know whether the home was damaged.

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