YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown police say a man showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound early Friday morning while they were at the scene of a homicide on the south side.
The homicide happened on E. Evergreen Avenue shortly before 1 a.m. Friday.
Officers found a man who had been shot in the middle of three empty lots where several cars were parked. They said his body was next to a car with bullet holes in it, so Chief of Detectives Capt. Brad Blackburn said they think he had been shot there.
They said he was seriously hurt. He died later at the hospital.
Neighbors said they heard gunshots and called police.
No one has been arrested.
Police have not released the victim’s name, though they think they know who he is.
His death is the 23rd homicide of the year in Youngstown. In 2019, the city had 20 homicides.
Another man showed up at the hospital with a gunshot wound, but Blackburn said they weren’t able to talk to him because of his injuries.
Police are not sure if he was hurt in the E. Evergreen shooting. They’re hoping to talk to him Friday.
E. Evergreen Avenue has seen several calls for gunfire and at least two shootings in which people were hurt, according to WKBN files.
On August 12, a man sitting in a Jeep parked in a field was shot in the arms and legs. Police found a .40-caliber handgun in the Jeep and casings from two different types of assault weapons in the woods nearby.
On June 15, a man who showed up at the hospital with gunshot wounds told police he was sitting in a car parked on the street when he was shot.
On the afternoon of Sept. 2, police responded after witnesses said two groups of men in different cars were arguing and someone fired several rounds from a handgun. No one was hit. Police found two rifle casings in the street, but they may have been from an earlier shooting.
Blackburn said it’s too soon to know if the man found shot to death overnight is linked to any of these incidents.
First Ward Councilman Julius Oliver said the south side is a “rough place.”
“There are constant shootings. It’s not just the ones that make the news, it’s the ones you don’t hear about,” he said. “Part of the solution is coming up with how do we get our city out of poverty? How do we bring our children out of poverty? How do we produce an economic climate where everyone can win and everyone can come up?”
Oliver believes without answers to those questions, the violence will continue. A first step, he says, are constant patrols.
“There should always be a police presence there. That is one of the ways, along with the mentality shift, that you change things in a neighborhood,” Oliver said.
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