Police looking for spectators who they say paid man in Facebook fight

When police arrived at the Shell Station on Market Street in Youngstown, they found James Underwood on the ground and bleeding

- A man from Youngstown was charged after a fight that was egged on and allegedly paid for by spectators.


Warning: The attached video contains acts of violence and may be disturbing to some.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A man from Youngstown was charged after a fight that police said was egged on and paid for by spectators. Youngstown Police is now looking for those spectators, according to Crimestoppers Youngstown Facebook page.

Officers were called about 11:16 p.m. Monday to the Shell Gas Station on Market Street on reports of a man lying on the ground.

When police arrived, they found James Underwood on the ground and bleeding. Police said Underwood was awake but not responding.

A witness approached police and showed them a Facebook post from someone else who posted a live video of the fight. The video had more than 6,000 views but has since been taken down.

Police said the video shows a man, later identified as 45-year-old Tracey Shuler beating Underwood, elbowing him in the face and punching him until he was knocked out.

All the while, spectators were egging the men on and at one point, someone yelled they would pay Shuler $20 to knock Underwood out, according to a police report.

Comments such as, “Do what you do. Get that money,” “Bam, bam, bam,” and “You did it to him. Just like that, man,” can be heard in the Facebook Live video.

At the end of the video, a man can be seen pouring water on Underwood as he lay motionless.

Police said some of the people who watched the fight paid Shuler after he knocked Underwood out.

Shuler was picked up a short distance away on E. Auburndale Ave.

He has been convicted of a few misdemeanors in the past. Now Shuler is charged with criminal trespassing on top of felonious assault.

Underwood was last listed in stable condition at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital.

WKBN 27 First News reached out to the person who posted the video but never heard back.

Tracey Shuler
Tracey Shuler

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