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Police seek clues in downtown Youngstown killing

YOUNGSTOWN — A man, 32, was shot to death early Sunday near West Federal and Hazel streets downtown, about one block northwest of the Youngstown Police Department.

Patrol officers on foot in the downtown area heard the 1:39 a.m. gunfire and ran toward it, observing a large crowd of people fleeing the area and then saw the victim on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds, according to a police department news release.

The man was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Youngstown police detectives and crime scene investigators began processing the scene, collecting evidence and started their investigation.

No arrests have been made, and the identity of the shooting victim was unknown Sunday, police said.

West Federal Street at Hazel is close to several notable downtown buildings, including the 7th District Court of Appeals and Mahoning County Children Services, both on West Federal.

There are several bars near the West Federal-Hazel intersection, and the intersection is one block west of the revitalized Phelps Street Gateway and pedestrian walkways.

Youngstown’s last homicide was the Aug. 30 shooting death of Cameron Dyer, 36, who was shot at the Logan Avenue Gas Mart, 1704 Logan Ave., and then driven to the Youngstown Police Department, 16 W. Boardman St, by Jacques K. Peterman-Oliver, 45, of Brookline Avenue, who was later charged with murder in Dyer’s death.

Peterman-Oliver remains in the Mahoning County jail, awaiting action by a Mahoning County grand jury on a murder charge that could result in a life prison sentence if Peterman-Oliver were to be convicted.

Sunday’s homicide is No. 18 for the city. There were 30 homicides in all of 2021.

The Youngstown Police Department detective division and Mahoning County Coroner’s Office are investigating the killing. Tips leading to an arrest and or prosecution are eligible for a monetary reward. Anyone with information is asked to call 330-746-CLUE or 330-7468YPD. Tips may be left anonymously.

erunyan@vindy.com

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