Man shot dead on Indianola Avenue in Youngstown, 30 casings recovered


Editor’s Note: The article below corrects the area where the road closure occurred.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) — A man is being treated for gunshot wounds at St. Elizabeth Health Center after police responded to a gunshot around 10:30 a.m. Thursday on a south side street.

Officers blocked off the 400 block of West Indianola Avenue from Hudson Avenue to Cain Street to collect at least 30 casings. Two other shell casings were found outside a house in the 2700 block of Hudson Avenue, which was also hit by a bullet.

It is not known how the man was taken to hospital. A condition is not available.

Officers also responded to a home on Glenwood Avenue for a car that was damaged by the gunfire. A man driving to work came through the gunfire and a bullet hit his windshield.

Police found multiple 5.56mm shell casings spanning approximately half a city block in the 400 block of West Indianola Avenue. This is the type of ammunition typically used in AR-15 semi-automatic rifles.

Semi-automatic rifles have been used in several shootings this week in the city.

On Tuesday morning they were used in a shootout that injured two men around 12:50 p.m. at a Market Street gas station. At approximately 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, a gun was used in a shooting in the 3800 block of Mohawk Avenue that killed 24-year-old Rawsheem Aponte and injured a 23-year-old woman and a 3-year-old girl.

At approximately 12:50 p.m. Wednesday, an AK-47 type rifle and an AR-15 type rifle were used as four homes in the 300 block of South Jackson Street were shot down. No one was hurt. Police recovered 59 casings from the scene, including casings from a .45 caliber handgun.

Police also found rifle casings around 3:45 p.m. Wednesday outside a house in the 200 block of East Lucius Avenue that was shot. Again, no one was injured.

The city recorded 25 shootings during the year, six of which were fatal. This time last year, Youngstown had 29 shootings, seven of which were fatal.

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