Paper carriers shot at on route

Darren Lee
Darren Lee

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — A father and his teenage daughter are lucky to be alive after they were shot at Thursday while delivering newspapers on the city’s Northwest side.

It was 6:30 a.m. on West Avenue N.W. when Jennifer Young, 18, and her father Mike were delivering the Tribune Chronicle as normal when all of a  sudden, gunfire erupted.

“Heard five bangs, went out, delivered a paper, got back in the car, we went to take off and the car got hit,” Michael Young said.

“I was so scared. I didn’t know what to think at the time. It was so scary,” Jennifer Young said.

The Young’s car had been struck twice by gunfire.

“It went in right here and it hit the dash and then there is one that went right in here somewhere and hit the dash,” Michael Young said.

Jennifer said if it wasn’t for the dashboard, her father may have been injured or killed.

“It’s just scary, the thought of my dad being shot. I wouldn’t know what to do without him. That’s my everything,” she said.

The Youngs said when the windshield glass started flying, they drove away and called police.  Darren Lee, 27, was arrested a short time later at the intersection of Idylwild Avenue and Blair Avenue N.W.

Police said they found a 9-millimeter on Lee, as well as drugs.  He is in the Trumbull County Jail facing several charges.

The Youngs said they plan to continue their paper route, which Michael said he has been doing for 19 years.

Police are not saying why Lee shot at the paper carriers.

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