YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police said three men found dead late Thursday in a south side Youngstown home had been dead for at least an hour before they were found.
Chief of Detectives Capt. Brad Blackburn said Friday that a relative of one of the men had been in contact with them at least an hour before they were found by police.
Police were called to the house around 11:15 p.m. after a person who was there said they could see one of the victims lying on the floor. Police entered the house and found that man and two others scattered throughout the first floor.
The killings give the city four homicides in less than 36 hours and 20 for the year.
All three men were shot to death. Blackburn said one man was found in the living room, one in the kitchen and one near the front door.
“It looks like maybe they were looking for something,” Blackburn said.
Blackburn said detectives are not sure if there was more than one suspect inside the house but he did say police found evidence that two different weapons were used.
It appeared that some things had been moved in the house but detectives are not sure if anything is missing.
Blackburn said police have tentative identities for the men but are waiting for the Mahoning County Coroner’s Office to confirm before releasing them.
The same three-man team of detectives who are investigating the Wednesday shooting death of Lavante Perry, 20, who was found in a Woodcrest Avenue home, are also investigating the triple homicide. Because the team has been working almost nonstop, Blackburn said if there is another major crime that requires detectives, another team may be called out to give those detectives not only rest, but a chance to work their case.
The two homicides are the first time the department has tried a new idea with using three detectives and a supervisor instead of two detectives, Blackburn said.
Another reason for relief is because when working a case with multiple victims, there are multiple family members and witnesses to interview, which can be very time consuming.
Anyone with information can contact police at 330-742-8911.
Last year, the city had 28 homicides. At this point in 2018, Youngstown had 22 homicides.