Youngstown Police investigating homicide, arson on city’s south side

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The Mahoning County Coroner's Office identified the victim as 20-year-old Jawaun Hurst

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown police and arson investigators are looking into a pair of incidents that happened within hours of each other on the same street on the city’s south side.

Officers found the body of 20-year-old Jawaun Hurst in a wooded lot off of LaBelle Avenue a little after 1 a.m. Friday. They said he had been shot several times, including in the stomach.

Neighbors said they heard arguing, then gunshots.

Crews took Hurst to the hospital, where he died. An autopsy is expected.

A couple hours after police cleared that scene, a fire was reported at a house up the street around 6 a.m.

When crews arrived, the fire was spreading from the first floor to the second. No one was in the home at the time, but neighbors said someone did live there.

Fire investigators are calling it an arson.

Police are investigating to determine if the fire and shooting are related.

They have not made any arrests in the case.

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