Police make progress in latest death cases

More victims hit by gunfire Wednesday night

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown Police Department is reporting a possible break in the shootings that killed a 10-year-old girl and a 40-year-old man on the South Side early Wednesday.

Police detectives were able to locate a video of the suspect automobile used in both murders. They believe the vehicle is a red or burgundy GMC Terrain sport utility vehicle. It was seen at both murder scenes — on Samuel Avenue, where Persayus Davis-May was shot to death in her home; and at the corner of South and Palmer avenues, where Michael Callahan, 40, was found shot to death in a pickup truck that crashed into a utility pole. The two locations are 1.3 miles apart.

Three adults additionally were shot outside of the Samuel location. And a man, 42, was found shot in the pickup truck at South and Palmer. All of the shootings happened around 2:20 a.m.

If anyone has information on these incidents, they are asked to call 330-746-CLUE. Callers will remain anonymous and are eligible for a cash reward on information that leads to the arrest(s) of the suspect(s). Anyone with information may also call the YPD Tip Line at 330-742-8929.

On Wednesday morning during a news conference, Youngstown Mayor Jamael Tito Brown and police Chief Carl Davis made emotional remarks about Davis-May’s death. Brown said the city is offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed the girl.


Meanwhile, a man and woman from the city, both 22, suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the 400 block of East LaClede Avenue on the South Side around 9:21 p.m. Wednesday but were listed in stable condition later at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Officers discovered the victims while traveling to Pasadena Avenue and Rush Boulevard for a report of a large amount of gunfire. As they traveled through the LaClede area about two blocks away, they saw a vehicle damaged by gunfire in the 400 block of LaClede and then discovered the two victims, police said.

They saw the victims as they walked from behind a home in the 400 block of East LaClede, police said.

Officers gave aid to the victims until an ambulance arrived.

The female had been struck in the chest by the gunfire, and the male had been hit in the arm multiple times.

Officers found a gun in the vehicle the man was using.

Police found multiple bullet shell casings and broken glass in the intersection of Pasadena Avenue and Rush Boulevard, leading officers to determine that was the crime scene.


On Tuesday night, police investigated after two men showed up separately at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital with gunshot wounds within 90 minutes of each other.

A man who arrived at the hospital at 8:51 p.m. said he was driving down Market Street near Chalmers Avenue on the South Side when someone in an unknown vehicle traveling in the same direction started firing at his car. The gunfire hit his brother, 21, in the front passenger seat.

Police learned the victim was struck in the back and was in stable condition. The rear windshield of their car was shattered, and there were bullet holes in the rear and passenger side of the car.

Police went to Market Street and East Chalmers Avenue and found seven bullet shell casings in the intersection.

A boy, 16, also drove himself to to the hospital at 9:35 p.m. Tuesday after he was hit by gunfire while driving.

A police report did not indicate what part of his body was hit or how seriously wounded he was.

An officer was at the hospital for the shooting involving the 21-year-old when he learned that the 16-year-old had been shot.

Police said the 16-year-old’s car had a shattered driver’s side door window and apparent bullet hole in the front windshield on the driver’s side. They also located blood inside the vehicle on the driver’s side.

Just before the juvenile arrived, 911 operators received calls regarding gunfire in the 200 block of DuPont Avenue and 2700 block of Hammaker Street in Brier Hill on the North Side, police said. Because of the close proximity in time of the juvenile arriving at the hospital and the gunfire, police sent an officer to that area to look for a crime scene. A police report did not indicate whether they found one.


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