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Vigil planned for this evening for Struthers shooting victims

Investigators comb the house and surrounding property of 111 Perry Street in Struthers Monday, Sept. 21, 2020, after an early morning shooting killed a 4-year-old boy and wounded four adults. As of Monday afternoon, a suspect has not been taken into custody. (Staff photo by Ashley Fox)

STRUTHERS – The community will gather at 7 p.m. tonight at the Struthers Field House to remember the life of a young boy murdered when a gunman entered his Perry Street home early this morning.

The candlelight vigil is being called “Justice for Rowan.”

The boy, 4, was shot to death. His mother and three others were injured and are hospitalized.

No arrests have been made, and police are asking for the public’s help in providing clues.

The shooting happened at 1:55 a.m. today at 111 Perry Street in Struthers, according to police Chief Tim Roddy.

As of press time Monday, no arrests were made.

Victims identified the suspect as a light-skinned black male.

Law enforcement members explained the crime as intentional and “vicious,” noting that in their years in the field the shooting was unlike any other they’ve seen.

The suspect fled on foot by the time first responders arrived, Struthers police Chief Tim Roddy said. Home surveillance systems from the neighborhood were in the process of being viewed.

Two women and two men were wounded, including a male shot twice in the head and in critical condition Monday, Roddy said, as well as a male shot twice in the back, also in critical condition.

The women, one of whom is the mother of the deceased child, were shot in their lower bodies and were in stable condition, Roddy said.

The four adults were taken to Mercy Health in Youngstown.

Identities are not being released until family members are notified, Roddy said.

Anyone with information is urged to call Crimestoppers Youngstown at 330-746-CLUE (2583) or Struthers Police Department at 330-755-9849.

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