CAMPBELL, Ohio (WKBN) – Nine people were questioned and several arrests were made in connection to a Tuesday afternoon drug bust at the Michael J. Kirwan Homes in the 100 block of Monroe Street, which was discovered after a shooting earlier in the day.
Campbell Police Lt. John Rusnak said the resident, Rakeem Gray, 24, called 911 and reported two men tried to rob him and he kicked them out of the apartment. They tried to force their way back in and after being unsuccessful, the men fired four rounds into the apartment, Rusnak said.
There were bullet holes in the refrigerator and several walls, according to police.
Several hours later, the manager of the Youngstown Metropolitan Housing Authority property requested a police escort so she could assess the damage from the gunfire. Campbell Police Chief Drew Rauzan and the property manager said as soon as Gray opened the door, bags of marijuana could be seen in plain view and a juvenile girl was present.
After calling for backup, Rauzan and several other officers searched the apartment and found several bags of marijuana, digital scales and other drug paraphernalia, as well as a loaded .22-caliber handgun and an extra round of ammunition, according to police. All of the items were in plain view, police said.
Three people at the apartment had outstanding warrants and multiple people at the apartment have felony convictions in their background, according to Campbell police officer Rob Vukovich.
Jennette K. Shipton, 40, was arrested on an outstanding warrant out of Boardman and also was charged with child endangering because police said her 16-year-old daughter was present both during the shooting and when the drugs were found.
Gray was charged with drug trafficking because it was his apartment, Vukovich said.
Bernard A. Hasley Jr., 25, was arrested on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and having weapons under disability because of a prior felony conviction, Vukovich said. Several people at the apartment said the gun belonged to him, Vukovich said.
He said more charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.