WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Two men were injured Wednesday in a drive-by shooting on the city’s west side.
Police were called about 3:30 a.m. to Deerfield Avenue on reports of shots fired.
One of the victims, identified as Jamal Coleman, was shot near the knee and taken to Saint Joseph Hospital for treatment. The other victim, Raymond Harrison, was hurt by broken glass and drove himself to the hospital.
Police said a third man, Davion Rogers, was in the home but was uninjured.
Coleman told police that he was sleeping on the couch when he heard gunshots and realized he had been shot. Harrison called 911 to report the shooting.
“I’m inside of my house. They rode and shot up through the car. It was a drive-by basically,” Harrison told the dispatcher.
Warren Police say they found 25 shell casings, which they think came from an AR-15. Officers got a tip that the gunmen was in a white Chevrolet Malibu-type but could not find it during a search.
Police believe the shooting is likely drug-related. All of the men in the home during the shooting have past drug arrests, according to jail records.
“The root of all evil is drugs, so I’m gonna say a lot of this stems from the drugs in our area and people selling them. They feud a lot, and this is one of the repercussions of that,” said Warren Police Capt. Robert Massucci.
There have been several shootings in the city of Warren lately, and some involve people driving in cars down neighborhood streets shooting each other. Police said often times, that gunfire hits random homes and that is their biggest concern.
“Bullets don’t really have anybody’s name on them particularly. They just go wherever they want to go and, you know, luckily we haven’t really had that happen yet, but that is my biggest concern,” Massucci said.