Police identify Youngstown shooting victim shot in car

Forty-year-old Javel Bates was shot near a home on Josephine Avenue in Youngstown Wednesday

Police are investigating two scenes in Youngstown after a reported shooting.
The victim was shot in this car and later drove to a relative's house before he was taken to the hospital with critical injuries.


YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Police identified a man shot on Youngstown’s east side Wednesday as 40-year-old Javel Bates.

He was shot near a home on Josephine Avenue on Wednesday. Police said Bates was sitting in a car when someone inside the house fired several shots at him.

Witnesses heard the shooting and called 911.

Bates then drove to his brother’s house on Atkinson Avenue. In a 911 call, Bates’ brother urged him to keep breathing while they waited for an ambulance.

Bates was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center with critical injuries. There’s no word yet on his condition, though he did have surgery.

Police searched the home and area nearby for the suspect but couldn’t find the shooter.

They said Bates knew the shooter but didn’t give a motive for the shooting.

Police haven’t named a suspect.

In 2011, Bates was a suspect in an aggravated burglary and fled from police. He later pleaded guilty to felony charges of fleeing and eluding and was sentenced to two years in prison.

Bates’ address is listed in Colorado Springs, Colorado on a police report.

Police are still investigating.

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