WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warren police are investigating the murder of a man Friday night.
The man was shot near the Hampshire House apartments on Fifth Street SW.
According to a dispatch log, a caller reported shots were fired near the building just after 7 p.m. Two men with guns were reportedly spotted.
A vehicle was hit by gunfire, according to dispatch logs.
The victim hasn’t been identified by investigators yet.
This year continues to be the deadliest year in the city’s recent history. There have been 15 homicides so far this year.
“We have to do better. Fifteen murders is unacceptable, and we haven’t even reached December yet,” said Cheryl Saffold, Warren councilwoman.
Saffold says she grew up in the area and says the crimes that have been transpiring are unacceptable.
“In the ’70’s, it was a beautiful community. Black people owned their homes, worked in the steel mills and took pride in their homes and neighborhood. Unfortunately, a lot of people that live in this neighborhood don’t have the investment that people who have lived here most of their lives or all of their lives have,” she said.
Saffold also says the most recent murder in this particular area occurred nearly six years ago. During that time, she was able to reach out to corporate owners in Cleveland and says they will be speaking again for better solutions.
“I’m going to be asking ABC management to have more of a security present here. I want to see police cars parked here, especially at night so people can see police here, and so if you’re planning on committing a crime, you better turn around and go someplace else,” Saffold said.
While waiting for solutions, Saffold encourages the community to speak up, even if you’re afraid.
“Do not be concerned about being called a snitch or whatever terms they may use. If it’s going to deter future violence, lock someone up that deserves it, that’s what we need to do as a community. We need to start talking,” Saffold said.
A neighbor says that just two days ago, she and her daughter came home and found bullet holes in their walls. They say that it’s situations like these that are pushing her to move out of the neighborhood.
WKBN is working to get more information. Check back here for updates on this developing story.
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