YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the victim of the deadly shooting on the South Side Thursday evening.
Authorities have identified 38-year-old Austin Mendenhall as the victim. An autopsy was conducted at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office.
The incident remains under investigation by the Youngstown Police Department and Mahoning County Coroner’s Office.
Around 7:15 p.m., police were called to the 300 block of Ferndale Avenue after dispatch received multiple reports of gunfire and that someone had been shot. When officers arrived, they were met with what a police report described as a “chaotic scene,” where they found a 38-year-old man lying in a front yard.
When medics arrived, they confirmed that the victim was dead.
In the report, “hundreds” of people descended on the block while officers and the Neighborhood Response Unit were attempting to block off the scene.
Detectives, the crime scene unit and the coroner’s office were all on scene to collect evidence and begin the investigation.
At this point, police are still collecting information, but do not believe this shooting is connected to either of the other two homicides in the last week other than that they were targeted incidents.
“Either based on…a lifestyle that they lived or again poor conflict-resolution skills where something has brewed over time and has led to, unfortunately, a homicide,” said Capt. Jason Simon of YPD.
Simon said police have a couple of theories on what happened but nothing that he wanted to discuss publicly. He added, however, that investigators need someone to come forward, even anonymously, to tell them what happened.
“If the community wants the violence to stop in their neighborhoods they have to be part of the solution,” Simon said.
At this time, there are no suspects and no arrests have been made.
Police say there were “dozens” of people outside when the homicide occurred, and they’re asking that anyone with information contact the Youngstown police department’s crime stoppers hotline at 330-746-CLUE or 330-746-8YPD. Reported information can remain anonymous at request. Tips leading to an arrest or prosecution are eligible for monetary reward.
This marks the city’s 11th homicide this year, and the third within a week. There were 19 homicides last year.
T.J. Renninger and Gerry Ricciutti contributed to this report contributed to this report.