Local man shot in Columbus

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A Youngstown man was fatally shot Monday in Columbus.

Brian Austin Jr., 29, was identified by Columbus police on Wednesday as the man they found dead at about 1:50 p.m. in the 1600 block of East 25th Street.

A news release by Columbus police said they found Austin lying in the threshold of a front door with gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead shortly after.

Police on Monday said there was no known motive for the shooting.

Court records say Austin pleaded guilty in 2006 to having three loaded guns inside his car. Records say Austin was placed on one year probation and had to surrender his concealed carry license.

Reports said Canfield police pulled Austin’s car over Aug. 29, 2006 for driving 44 miles per hour in a 25 zone. Two others were in the car at the time.

They found one loaded gun Austin said belonged to him under his seat. He told police there were no other guns in the car but officers found two more loaded handguns under the passenger seat.

All three denied knowing the additional two guns were in the car.

One of the guns had an obliterated serial number. The federal bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives helped Canfield track the gun. They restored the serial number using a chemical agent and tracked its last purchase to a Warren woman.

Officers also found a holster and weapons case. Austin had $548 in cash in his trunk, police said, along with another $100 in his wallet.

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