YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — Youngstown police are looking to encourage anyone with information on a pair of shootings on Tuesday, including a homicide, to come forward.
Those who have been working to reduce violence in Youngstown will be some of the first to say this is not a new problem, but one that requires an almost constant effort.
“Just need some redirection. Sometimes we need to stop before we act on impulses, before we feed into the anger, feed into the resentment, feed into being disrespected,” Rev. Lewis Macklin said.
We’ve learned officers recovered 60 shell casings from different guns spread out over roughly 75 yards between Elm Street and Kensington Avenue.
It was one of what police say were two shootouts on Tuesday. The other happened in the parking lot of an east side apartment complex, leaving one woman shot.
“It just goes to the — I almost want to say the lack of respect or the lack of care for anybody else,” said Youngstown Police Capt. Brad Blackburn.
“We’re trying to get people to see that they have responsibility to self-control and self-contain their behaviors,” he said.
As police work to chase down leads and potential suspects, they’re often frustrated by the lack of witnesses — at least initially.
“Oftentimes, somebody won’t want to talk to us directly on the scene when everybody’s eyes are, you know, on the streets,” Blackburn said. “Afterwards, they’ll reach out to us through a phone call or maybe stop down.”
Macklin said he and his fellow pastors stress the importance of people with information coming forward, even if it’s anonymously through groups like Crimestoppers.
“If there’s something they see happening in the community that’s starting to blister, they can speak to it in confidence and allow folks — before it becomes a situation — to address it. Be reactive, proactive. Not only as individuals, but also as a community.”
Both to solve these latest cases but, possibly, to keep other crimes from happening.
Those with information on the shooting are asked to call police at 330-742-8911 or 330-742-8950.
You can also call Crimestoppers with information at 330-746-CLUE or message them on Facebook.