YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Reports said a man who was wounded late Wednesday in a shooting on the North Side was arrested on several warrants as well as a new charge of possession of drugs.
James Abanathey, 33, of Youngstown, is expected to be arraigned on the new charge when he is released from St. Elizabeth Hospital, where he is being treated for wounds he received following a shooting about 10:35 p.m. on Saranac Avenue.
Reports said police were called to the street for gunfire. When they arrived, they found 11 .40-caliber and two 7.62 mm casings in the street. The latter casings are commonly used in AK-47 style semiautomatic rifles.
There was also a truck that had crashed in a yard and by the truck, police found a .40-caliber casing and two 9mm casings, but no gun inside. There was no gun inside the truck and no one at the scene with a gunshot wound, but a woman who said she was a passenger inside when the shooting happened asked for her cell phone, reports said.
When asked, reports said the woman told police she did not know who the driver of the truck was and could not tell police anything because she blacked out when the shooting happened.
As police were collecting evidence, they got a call from the hospital that Abanathey walked in to be treated for his wounds.
Reports said Abanathey told police he was at a nearby gas station at Logan and Saranac avenues when someone in another car began shooting at him when he drove away. He said he did not return fire and after he crashed the truck, he ran to the hospital, reports said.
Police found the four felony warrants when they ran a record check on Abanathey, reports said. One of the warrants is for being a felon in possession of a firearm.
Inside the truck, police found three cell phones and a bag with suspected crack cocaine inside, reports said.