YPD kept busy with 4 shootings in 24 hours

This story originally aired on Nov. 17, 2014. WKBN has a more current look at violence in Youngstown, as well as a map of homicides in our coverage area.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – In one 24-hour span, four people were shot in Youngstown and two of them died.

“It started Sunday a little before 4 a.m. and unfortunately it continued until this morning,” Youngstown Police Capt. Brad Blackburn said.

The shooting calls were all over town.

Bryant Abercrombie, 47, of Cleveland, was found dead of a gunshot wound outside a motorcycle club at 104 E. Midlothian Blvd. just before 4 a.m. Sunday. Police said he was shot in the head and was found about 20 feet away from the club’s back door.

Police said a large crowd gathered at the scene began to throw things and become violent, and witnesses were being uncooperative, according to a police report. Police said they believe Abercrombie was in a fight at the club before the shooting.

Next, police were called to a home at 2685 McFarland Ave. in the Idora neighborhood on the South Side around 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Someone told officers a man inside the house was shot in the stomach, but officers found two men lying on the living room floor with gunshot wounds, according to a police report.

The victims have been identified as Eddie Robinson Jr., 21, of Youngstown, and Carlos Herring, 27, of Struthers. Both were still alive as of Monday afternoon.

And at 5 a.m. Monday, police found a man shot to death on the sidewalk in front of a house in the 2000 block of Guadalupe Avenue on the city’s north side. A police report states the man had blood coming from the area of his head, but he was wearing a hood and the officer was unable to see the injury. The victim had been shot in the head.

The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office identified the man as Antwon Lee Martinez, 20, saying he likely died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

All the violence is adding up to hours of investigation for police at a time when they expect crime to slow down.

“For the most part, we usually do see a dip. There is less interaction in general with the weather being so cold,” Blackburn said.

The busy day means some cases might get put on hold for a while.

“Sometimes the lesser crimes have to be put on the back burner when we have serious crimes like this,” Blackburn said.

Police said they are following up on leads in all three shootings, which Blackburn said are unrelated.

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