Youngstown police look for clues in string of weekend shootings

Youngstown shootings

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Youngstown police are investigating three separate shootings in the city all within a three-day period.

Juan Vega said his younger brother Xavier was hanging out with friends early Friday evening on Youngstown’s east side and was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“He was just going outside to light the grill. They were getting ready to do a barbecue, and he got caught in the crossfire,” Vega said.

Xavier Vega, 27, who had an 11-year-old son and another baby on the way, was one of three people shot in weekend violence in Youngstown. Juan Vega said he last saw Xavier a couple of days before he died.

“All I heard was he got shot, and by the time I got there, they already got him covered. He was gone,” Vega said.

Around 8:30 p.m. Friday, Amos Dothard, 18, was shot and wounded near the corner of Homestead Avenue and Philadelphia Avenue on the south side. And then 55-year-old William Jones was killed in front of a relative’s house on East Princeton Avenue Sunday afternoon.

“As of now, there is nothing to indicate that any of these are related,” said Capt. Brad Blackburn.

Police from different divisions, along with prosecutors and investigators from other agencies, met Monday to go over the cases and look for new leads. Blackburn said it was a “brainstorming session.”

Police are also looking for potential witnesses to come forward, even if they need to remain anonymous, who could provide information to help solve the shootings.

“Most of the time, there is a witness to these crimes, and if people just step up. I mean, we want the same thing that everybody wants out here. We want to solve these crimes,” Blackburn said.

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