Man hurt, 6 homes and 2 cars damaged in weekend gunfire

YOUNGSTOWN — Police were kept busy over the weekend with gunfire reports and collecting evidence for multiple investigations.

A city man suffered at least one gunshot wound Saturday night, was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital by another man and was in stable condition later.

Police also reported five other instances Saturday and Sunday in which residents reported gunfire hitting their home and / or vehicle, but no one was injured in those incidents.

Police were called to the hospital at 9:17 p.m. Saturday and spoke with a city man who said the victim, 19, called him to ask for a ride to the hospital.

That man said a friend gave him a ride to a location near Harding Elementary School on the North Side to pick up the victim and take him to the hospital.

Just before the officer responded to the hospital, he was called to Benita and Cordova avenues on the North Side for a fight, but he found no one fighting when he arrived. That location is on the south end of the Harding Elementary complex.

A police report states an officer could not speak to the victim because he was in surgery. The report does not say how many times the victim was hit.

Police were called to Hudson Avenue on the South Side and Silliman Street on the West Side on Sunday night for gunfire hitting occupied homes.

The first was at 9:52 p.m. on Hudson Avenue, where residents reported that six children were asleep when gunfire erupted, leaving holes in the upstairs, downstairs, in a television in the living room and shattering a 100-gallon fish tank in a bedroom, leaving water and pebbles on the floor and causing water damage to the ceiling below.

Police said a ShotSpotter activation indicated that 11 gunshots were fired near an empty lot in the 2900 block of Hudson, in addition to shots fired at the home. Police recovered 24 spent bullet casings near the two addresses. ShotSpotter alerts the police department to gunfire in parts of the city.

At 10:02 p.m. Sunday, a person reported that he or she and several other people had just gone from the front porch to the inside of the home on Silliman Street when a car drove by and someone shot into a car parked in front of the home and shot into the home six times.

A neighbor next door also reported that a shot went into his or her house that narrowly missed hitting him or her while lying down watching television in a bedroom.

Police observed a vehicle in front of the home that had been hit multiple times and at least six holes in the front walls of the home that entered the living room.

Sixteen spent shell casings were recovered.

Gunfire also was reported Saturday in the 1000 block of Broadway Avenue on the North Side, 1300 block of Grandview Avenue on the East Side and 3700 block of Elbertus Avenue on the South Side.

The home on Broadway had bullet damage to walls in the front room. Twelve bullet casings were found in front of the house.

The home on Grandview was hit at 7:42 p.m. and contained several children. Two bullets hit a living room window, television and wall.

A vehicle parked on Elbertus was hit 13 times on the driver’s side, and the house was hit once. Fourteen bullet casings were recovered.


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