A 25-year-old man was hospitalized after he was grazed in the back with a bullet during an early Wednesday shooting on Youngstown’s South Side.
Phillip W. Hardy, 21, of Judson Avenue, was charged with one count of second-degree felonious assault, a charge that carries an eight-year maximum prison sentence.
Hardy entered no plea at his initial appearance in Youngstown Municipal Court and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing April 12.
Reports said Hardy fired one shot at four people at about 3 a.m. outside his home who became involved in an argument Hardy said he was having with his girlfriend. The bullet ricocheted off the car and struck the man in the back.
Hardy’s girlfriend told police she argued with him and fled because she was scared. Two witnesses found her hiding behind the Burger King and drove her to Hardy’s home to pick up her car.
When the woman went inside, Hardy came out and fired a shot at the four standing by the car. They fled from the area, but their car broke down shortly after. Another car picked up the wounded man and took him to St. Elizabeth Heath Center.
Hardy, reports said, told police he was scared the group was going to shoot his home with an AK-47, so he fired a shot from his .380-caliber handgun. He then got in his girlfriend’s car and drove away, discarding the gun.
Reports said officers were unable to find the gun.