Coroner identifies man killed in homicide on Youngstown’s west side

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Mahoning County coroner has identified a man who was killed Monday in a shooting on the city’s west side.

The victim has been identified as 24-year-old Brandon Leonelli. An autopsy will be conducted at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Officers were called about 3 a.m. to Russell Avenue where they found the victim.

“We have multiple calls on it. Also 911 hang-ups, a female screaming, female screaming ‘Help, help.’ The neighbors can hear her screaming ‘Help,’ and they also heard gunshots,” dispatch said.

The location on Russell Avenue is located a block away from Stambaugh Charter School.

Police say Leonelli and a woman were injured in the incident. Both were sent to the hospital. They say Leonelli was shot multiple times and succumbed to his wounds at the hospital. They say the woman had been assaulted.

Calls continued coming in from frightened neighbors on the street saying they could hear the victims but weren’t about to risk leaving their homes to look.

Dispatcher: “He’s outside?”
Caller: “Yeah, I guess he’s outside. I ain’t going over there then get shot at.”
Dispatcher: “OK no, stay safe there.”

Caller: “I’m scared to go outside. She’s young.”
Dispatcher: “You heard the gunshots? You heard the gunshots?”
Caller: “Yeah, I heard the gunshots. It was two of them.”

At this point, police are not commenting on a possible motive in the case other than to suggest the shooting wasn’t a random act.

Detectives are asking anyone with information to call either the department’s tip line or Greater Youngstown CrimeStoppers.

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