YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police said that it appears two men who were wounded early Tuesday at a Market Street gas station were not shot at random.
Detectives said they are interviewing witnesses and poring over surveillance video from 1 a.m. Tuesday, when two men, 19 and 22, were wounded at the Shell station at 3200 Market St.
Police said a car with two men and two women inside was stopped at a gas pump when someone in a passing car opened fire. All four people ran into the gas station.
The two men were hit by bullets. They are expected to recover.
Reports said police treated the two gunshot victims inside the station until an ambulance could arrive. They are being treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
Investigators recovered several shell casings at the scene, police said.
Investigators released surveillance video of the car being shot at while it was parked at the pump.
Police responded to 300 calls to this gas station in 2021. Most of the calls were juvenile problems, 11 were gunfire and a person down. Youngstown City Councilwoman Anita Davis said it’s a gathering place for the wrong element.
“The violence that’s in that neighborhood all seems to flow from that gas station,” she said. “I don’t know how we will ever be able to change the rest of Market Street, the rest of the neighborhood if we still have this same element.”
Davis said the violence problem has spanned seven police chiefs and numerous mayors. She likens the current situation to another one that once caused a complication on Market and Midlothian.
“When BP was a problem, there was a solution. BP is not there anymore,” she said. “You have to move them on. You have to shut down there they are able to gather and eventually, maybe they will change their behavior.”
The owner of the station says he cooperates with police when there are issues but says he is at a loss for how to fix things.
The shootings are the 20 and 21st of the year in the city, including five homicides. Last year at this time, there were 24 shootings, including seven homicides. A total of 139 people were shot in 2021 in Youngstown.
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