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String of 3 shootings leaves 2 dead

A Youngstown police cruiser sits in the driveway of 1011 S. Schenley Ave. on Youngstown’s West Side where an apparent murder-suicide occurred Thursday. Staff photo / David Skolnick

YOUNGSTOWN — It was a violent day with police investigating an apparent murder-suicide followed by a double shooting and then another shooting.

Police were called to 1011 S. Schenley Ave. at 11:21 a.m. Thursday for two female family members who died in an apparent murder-suicide, said Lt. Brian Welsh. A gun was used, he said.

Police were contacted 15 minutes earlier by a family member, who discovered the bodies inside the 1,505-square-foot brick house, just off of McCollum Road and near Fire Station 15 and Mill Creek Park.

“It’s an extremely sad situation,” Welsh said.

He declined to give specifics about the incident Thursday, saying police want first to discuss it with the family.

An autopsy is being done by the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office and it will be responsible for releasing the names of the deceased, Welsh said.

This would be the city’s 17th homicide this year with police arresting two men — Julius E. Kimbrough, 43, and Dawond T. Roddy, 34 — on charges of

aggravated murder Wednesday in the July 1 death of a person who was burned beyond recognition in the rear cargo area of a sport utility vehicle on the 3300 block of McGuffey Road on the East Side.

There were 20 murders in all of 2019.

While still clearing the scene on South Schenley, police were called to the 100 block of North Hazelwood Avenue — 1.2 miles away and also on the West Side — at 1:37 p.m. Thursday for a report of two men shot while driving an SUV.

Someone probably in another vehicle used a rifle to shoot the two victims, Welsh said. The SUV slow rolled and stopped after hitting a tree, he said.

One of the victims remained in the vehicle while the other got out and ran to a nearby house for help, Welsh said.

Both were taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for treatment with the man who remained in the vehicle listed Thursday in critical condition. The other man is listed in stable condition.

More than 10 shell casings were found at the scene, Welsh said.

The police have some leads on the case, he said, but suspects remained at large as of Thursday.

Then about 3 p.m., a man was shot on the 200 block of Marmion Avenue on the city’s South Side, Welsh said.

The man sustained a flesh wound, he said.

dskolnick@tribtoday.com

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