Downtown buildings shot up in Youngstown

Three buildings were hit by gunfire

The Wells Building in Youngstown, Ohio was hit by gunfire.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A recently renovated historical building and other businesses were hit by gunfire early Wednesday morning in downtown Youngstown.

Street department workers notified Youngstown police that several windows in the Wells Building, 201 West Federal St., were shot out, according to a police report.

Officers indicated that three large glass windows were shattered and each had a single hole through the glass, which appeared to be from a pellet gun, the report stated.

In another incident, the plate glass window of the Huntington Bank Building and a window of the Nationwide insurance office, both on West Federal Street, were also shot out.

A witness told police they saw a person hanging out the window of a car that was going around shooting buildings with what looked like a pellet gun.

Nobody at the businesses wanted to talk on camera, but they believe it was just random and senseless vandalism. Other businesses downtown didn’t want to talk about the incident fearing they would become the next target, but they believe the downtown area is safe. That message was echoed by Mayor John McNally.

Youngstown Polic Chief Robin Lees said investigators have suspects in mind.

The Wells building was built in 1915 and was recently renovated by Strollo Architects. The restoration project included a new first floor office space and four new apartments on the upper three floors.

The renovations were part of a $4 million downtown revitalization project.

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