17-year-old suspect in Boardman shooting identified

BOARDMAN — Jamia Dent, 17, of Boardman, was arraigned Tuesday and pleaded not true, the equivalent to a not guilty plea, to three counts of attempted murder, each with a three-year firearm specification.

She was arrested Monday after four juveniles, including herself, were injured by gunfire after 12:30 a.m. Sunday at 188 Stadium Drive.

Police released the juvenile suspect’s name Tuesday.

She is being detained in the Mahoning County Juvenile Justice Center in Youngstown.

Dent faces a May 18 hearing in juvenile court, and another in June to determine if the case will remain a juvenile matter.

According to Boardman police Chief Todd Werth, the victims and suspect are “known to each other.” The motive for the shooting is under investigation, but it was not a random act, he


Dent is charged with three counts of attempted murder, three counts of aggravated assault each with gun specifications, and one count of improperly discharging a firearm.

A boy and girl, both 17, were taken to the hospital by friends after the shootings, Werth said in a news release Monday.

The girl was shot in the facial area while the boy was shot in the groin area, police stated in a redacted report.

A third victim was “grazed” by gunfire as well, the report said.

A female witness told officers at St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital an argument began at the apartment complex, during which Dent allegedly said she was going to shoot someone, according to the police report.

The witness said she did not know what the argument was about, but Dent motioned to her waistband, then pulling a gun “like a cop would.”

Anyone with information related to the shooting is encouraged to contact the Boardman Police Department at 330-726-4144.



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