YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Warrants for felonious assault and aggravated burglary charges have been issued for a man who an affidavit said was present at the scene of a Tuesday morning homicide on Youngstown’s west side.
So far, Zion Gilmore, 21, of East Boston Avenue, has not been charged in connection with the death of Theaplus “Theo” Redmond, Jr., 19, who was found shot to death about 1:15 a.m. Tuesday inside a home in the 2000 block of Salt Springs Road.
An affidavit accompanying the warrants said Gilmore broke into the house and attacked a woman inside while several children were there. Redmond was found dead by police in a room on the first floor when they arrived after being called for a shooting, but Gilmore was not in the home.
He has yet to be taken into custody.
Police have yet to charge anyone with Redmond’s death. Detective Sgt. Michael Lambert, the lead investigator on the case, said investigators are awaiting the results of ballistic tests before deciding what to do next.
Police would not say if there was any connection between Gilmore and Redmond or why Redmond was in the home.
On Dec. 21, Gilmore was charged with domestic violence and aggravated burglary for allegedly breaking into the same home and attacking the woman who lives there, who had a 1-month-old baby at the time. Reports said Gilmore is the father of that baby.
Gilmore was arraigned in municipal court and his case was bound over to a Mahoning County grand jury, but the grand jury dismissed the case. The reason is not known since grand jury proceedings are secret.
According to WANE, the victim, Redmond, was a former football standout at North Side High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Redmond was said to be a hard-hitting safety for the North Side Legends who graduated in 2020.
The North Side Football Twitter account posted condolences to Redmond’s family.
Multiple people were inside the home at the time of the shooting, including several young children. No other injuries were reported.
Redmond’s death is the 22nd homicide in Youngstown this year. Last year, the city had 20 homicides. At this time in 2019, the city had 16 homicides.