Youngstown homicide toll rises to 18

YOUNGSTOWN — A man, 26, was found dead Sunday evening in the double-digit block of Zents Avenue near Logan Avenue on the North Side, and a woman, 72, was found injured by gunfire.

The man was found lying in the middle of the road with multiple gunshot wounds after police were called there at 6:26 p.m. His death is being called a homicide.

A Youngstown police report states that the man “appeared to be deceased, and there was a female that also sustained gunshot wounds.” Her wound was to her “lower extremity,” a Youngstown Police Department news release states. She was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital for treatment.

Youngstown police detectives and crime scene investigators and the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office investigated. The news release called the case a homicide and felonious assault. The police department does not have suspects, the news release stated.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the police department a 330-742-8911 or Crime Stoppers at 330-746-CLUE. Tips remain anonymous, and a reward may be available.

The homicide is No. 18 in the city this year. The previous homicide was the Nov. 2 shooting death of Edward Lewis, 52. He was found deceased in a home in the double-digit block of Oneta Avenue near Salt Springs Road on the West Side.

Although not a Youngstown homicide, the homicide before the Lewis case was the Oct. 26 killing of Gena M. Wade, 44, of Beloit. She was found dead in her home in the 18000 block of Courtney Road in Smith Township, just north of Beloit. Nicholas Cunningham, 31, of Alliance, is charged with aggravated murder in Wade’s death.

Youngstown had 24 homicides during all of 2022, counting the April 1, 2022, shooting death of James Sheets by Struthers police officers during a confrontation at Salt Springs Road and Steel Street in Youngstown. A county grand jury refused to indict either of the two officers involved. They chased Sheets there during a chase from Struthers.

The 2023 homicide toll includes the Oct. 12 officer-involved shooting death of Ricco Acevedo, 45, by Youngstown police at a home on Helene Avenue on the South Side.

Police were investigating a burglary at the home when they shot and killed Acevedo, who did not live there. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation.


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