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Boardman police arrest juvenile in shooting

BOARDMAN — A juvenile girl was arrested Monday on attempted murder charges after a weekend shooting.

She was arrested on three charges of attempted murder with gun specifications, and three counts of felonious assault with gun specifications.

Her name and age, as well as victims’ names, have not been released by Boardman Township police.

It is possible additional charges could be filed in the near future, said police Chief Todd Werth, in a news release.

A boy and girl, both 17, were taken to the hospital by friends after a shooting occurred at 188 Stadium Drive near Salinas Trail just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Werth said.

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

A third victim, also a juvenile, was “grazed by gunfire during the incident and received a minor wound,” Werth said.

The suspect was also injured, receiving a gunshot wound to her shoulder, Werth said.

The wounded 17-year-olds went to St. Elizabeth Boardman Hospital, and were then transported to the Youngstown campus, according to the police report.

An investigation continues. The Ohio Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Investigation assisted in the investigation by processing the crime scene.

When officers responded, they saw a white tennis shoe, a surgical mask and “trail of blood behind the parking lot” of an apartment, according to the police report.

As more investigators arrived at the hospital, a group of people began congregating outside, telling police they knew the victims or had been present during the shooting, the report states.

When investigators tried gathering information from the boy victim, he would not say who or where exactly the shooting happened. The girl victim was unable to talk due to her injuries.

The witnesses, then in the waiting room, were “apprehensive” to give details, the report states.

After learning the suspect’s identity, it was discovered she lives in the Boardman area.

A female witness told police a black vehicle, similar to a Chevrolet Impala with “girly” accessories inside, arrived at the apartment complex while a group stood outside.

An argument began between people formerly in a relationship. During the argument, a female stated she was going to shoot someone, the witness told police.

The witness told officers while she didn’t know what the argument was about, the female suspect motioned toward her waistband — then pulled a gun “like a cop would.” The witness heard gunfire and began running toward her car, going back to get one of the victims when she realized that person was not running.

Jamie White, who lives near where the episode occurred, said he didn’t hear any noise beforehand.

“The next thing I know, just out of nowhere, I heard about eight shots,” White said. It was followed by a female’s scream, then no other audible commotion.

Once he checked on his neighbors, White said he noticed Boardman officers outside almost immediately after the 911 all was made by another neighbor.

White said he has lived in the neighborhood for several years, and it is typically quiet.

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

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