Youngstown police investigating west side homicide

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A murder Thursday afternoon on Youngstown’s west side happened in the same neighborhood where most recently there were 18 arsons over a period of six weeks.

The murder happened at 451 Imperial Street, near the intersection of Salt Springs Road.

Police said a 26-year-old man was shot to death. 

The house had been vacant but a man recently moved in. Neighbors said since then, there have been several shootings at the house.

One woman who lives there is fed up with what’s been happening and has a plan which she hopes will help.

Concetta Precurato still lives in the same house she was born and raised in on Imperial Street, in the Steelton neighborhood of Youngstown’s west side.  

Late Thursday afternoon she stood in front of a nearby house where the 26-year-old man was murdered.

“In broad daylight someone murdered. So, it’s just scary,” she said.

As police worked around her gathering evidence, Precurato said she’s already taken steps to make the neighborhood safer.

“I just spoke to my fourth ward councilman Mike Ray and we’re going to get a block watch together. We’re all tired of this,” she said.

Police arrived at the scene on Imperial Street at around 3:30.  

“Officers responded to the report of a shooting. When they arrived they found the victim deceased in the dining room of the house here at 451. It appeared he suffered several gunshot wounds,” said Youngstown Police Detective Lt. Doug Bobovnyik.

Police would not release the name of the man killed but said he was a 26-year-old white male and that it may have been drug-related.  

There are no suspects.

What appeared to be bullet holes could be seen on the front of the house, including one in a second story window that shattered the glass and penetrated the wood covering the window.

“This house does have some history. But at this point right now I can’t go into any detail. I just don’t have those facts,” Bobovnyik said.

One woman was questioned but then released. Police could be seen searching the garage and removing evidence from the house, including a shotgun.

At a public meeting in late September, Youngstown fire investigators said they suspected one or two juveniles may have been responsible for the arsons but so far no one has been arrested.

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