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2 gunshot victims found on South Side in separate incidents

YOUNGSTOWN — A city man, 38, suffered a gunshot wound to the hip Monday morning and crashed his car.

Hours later, another man was found with at least one gunshot wound in the driveway of a home in the 600 block of West LaClede Avenue.

Both locations are on the South Side.

OAK HILL AVENUE

Police said a man with a gunshot wound crashed his vehicle into a pole at 9:17 a.m. Monday at Oak Hill Avenue and Joseph Street. The man was trying to drive himself to the hospital when he crashed. He was in stable condition.

When officers arrived, they saw a Jeep Cherokee with a temporary tag crashed into a pole on the side of the road and the victim lying on the ground.

The man was conscious and said he had been shot in the hip — but he refused to tell police where it happened or who did it. He just wanted to be taken to the hospital, according to a police report.

The man would not give any information about himself, but an officer found a credit card in the car that contained the driver’s name. He was later identified at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital as being the same man as the name on the credit card. The man’s arm tattoo helped police identify him.

An officer tried again to get information from the man at the hospital, but he still would not say how the gunshot wound happened.

Police took a statement from someone who witnessed the crash, but the report does not indicate what the witness said.

The report noted that the police department received a ShotSpotter notification for one gunshot on Hylda Avenue, also on the South Side, right before the crash. Officers checked the location of the ShotSpotter notification but did not find anything, the report states. ShotSpotter notifies the police department of gunfire on the South Side.

On Tuesday afternoon, Capt. Jason Simon of the detective division said it still was not known where the victim was shot.

WEST LACLEDE

A police report on the second shooting states only that officers were sent to West LaClede Avenue at 11:48 p.m. Monday for a shooting. They located the man in a driveway, and ambulance personnel took him to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital.

Simon said that incident is separate from the one earlier Monday. The second man’s condition was serious but stable. The man is in his early 40s, Simon said.

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