YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown police are investigating three separate shootings over a very short period of time.
Four people are recovering in the hospital Tuesday after three unrelated shootings at homes on Erie Street and Tyrell and Boston avenues.
The shootings all took place over a 48-hour period.
“It’s been quiet for a while, we’ve been fortunate,” Youngstown Police Capt. Brad Blackburn said. “February, January started off crazy, February was slower, and now it looks like March is picking up again.”
None of the crimes appear to be related.
The first call came late Sunday, when two people were shot several times inside an apartment in the 2600 block of Tyrell Avenue on the lower west side.
Next, police say a 20-year-old man was shot while on Erie Street Monday afternoon.
Then, early Tuesday, a man went to St. Elizabeth Health Center with gunshot wounds. He told police he had been shot while on the south side.
“All indications right now, all the victims are in the hospital and they’re all still alive,” Blackburn said. “A couple are critical: the gentleman from Erie street and also the one from the apartment shooting on Tyrell.”
When so many violent crimes happen so close together, police look to see if they’re related, or if one shooting happened in retaliation for another.
“Sometimes it occurs like that, but there’s no indication that any of these are related,” Blackburn said.
Over the last few days, police also have seen a handful of armed robberies. They are also unrelated to other crimes.
“We do not have a rash as far as the same group or the same individuals robbing certain stores or certain individuals, like we have seen in the past,” Blackburn said.
Police say in almost all the cases, the victims knew their attackers.