Boardman shooting victim has drug charge on record

BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) -A Boardman man shot late Thursday night had surgery because of his injuries, according to police.

John Myles, 27, was shot while walking down South Avenue near Mathews Road. Police said he asked a black male for a cigarette, the man reached into his pocket, pulled out a pistol and shot Myles four times.

Myles then ran to his apartment on Cook Avenue and called for help. Police did not know his condition Friday afternoon.

According to the Mahoning County Court website, Myles faces a charge of trafficking in drugs and is scheduled to appear in court on that charge April 16.

Boardman police are looking for witnesses to the incident. They did interview Myles’ girlfriend, who said she did not know why Myles was walking on South Avenue.

“There seems to be some witnesses who at least saw part of the event, saw the end of the shooting, saw a possible vehicle that our detectives are looking for now,” said Boardman Police Chief Jack Nichols.

The chief said that area is not a high-crime area of the township.

“We have had issues with some apartments in the area from time to time, but typically it has not been a bad area,” Nichols said.

Police observed four gunshot wounds on Myles’ body, including two in the chest and two in the back. A man told police he witnessed a late 1980s, red or maroon, two-door sedan speeding eastbound on Cook Avenue near the time of the incident.

Reports of several shots being fired were taken about 11 p.m. WKBN has confirmed that a 9-millimeter gun was used in the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Boardman Police Department at 330-726-4144.

Click here for the full police report.

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