WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Police are looking for a suspect charged in the Tuesday morning shooting near Trumbull Homes.
Daniel Chipps, 32, is charged with felonious assault and is still at large.
Trumbull County 911 Dispatch got the frantic call about the shooting near the corner of North and South Feederle drives around 9:15 a.m. A woman told police that a man had been shot over stolen items.
“As we all know, bullets don’t have a name on it but I was definitely terrified,” said James Chandler, who lives nearby.
The victim, identified by police as Dondell Warfield, was shot three times — in the cheek, bicep, and side — but is expected to survive.
He’s just the latest victim of what officials are calling a recent spike in violence in the city. It’s one reason why Mayor Doug Franklin is asking city council to approve an additional $40,000 in overtime to increase police presence on the streets.
“We will do everything and anything necessary to remove these violent acts by these violent offenders, to get them off our streets and keep our city safe,” he said.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Franklin said he’s dedicated to cleaning up crime in the city with the help of the local police department.Watch: Police press conference on Warren shooting
“As mayor, I feel it necessary to publicly respond to the recent spike in violence in our city, as well as to call on our citizens who reside in those neighborhoods and across our city to assist us in our city to reduce these acts of violence.”
Franklin said most of those involved in the gun violence across the city are involved in other “criminal activity.”
“Unfortunately, using firearms to settle these beefs or confrontations put innocent people, children, and families in harm’s way and at terrible risk.”
Police said they’ve been stepping up their patrols in the area.
“We are constantly planning and trying to develop responses and being proactive,” said Warren Law Director Greg Hicks. “We’re not going to divulge when we’re coming, or how we’re coming, or how many are coming but rest assured, we’re coming.”
The schools were placed on temporary lockdown Tuesday morning during the shooting.
Police are asking for the community’s help to catch Chipps. Chief Eric Merkel said the cooperation from witnesses on the scene helped them identify a suspect quickly. He said investigators need that cooperation to solve crimes.
“We need the public’s help to solve crime, that’s the bottom line. Without the public’s help, it’s gonna take us a lot longer to investigate these cases and potentially not have a successful resolution to it.”
They said information can be given anonymously to police through its tip line or through the local Crimestoppers organization.