WARREN, Ohio (WYTV) – Within a half-hour on Tuesday afternoon in Warren, there was a shooting, police chase, and car accident. Now police are investigating to see if they’re all connected.
“There’s a possibility it is but we can’t get that information until we confirm it,” said Jeff Cole, with the Warren Police Department.
What we do know is that all three occurred simultaneously in a short period of time.
Warren police spent much of the afternoon and evening searching and questioning people at a house on Burton Street SE, taking out several guns.
One street south of Burton in the 2200 block of Brier Street, one man was shot around 3:15 p.m. The victim’s condition is unknown at this time.
According to Trumbull County Dispatch, witnesses reported that people in two vehicles were shooting at each other. Dispatchers said a small white Ford left the area toward Weathersfield and people could be heard yelling.
When police arrived, they found multiple shell casings in the road. At one point, 33 WYTV News crews saw about 100 people standing around at the shooting scene.
Police would not say why the house on Burton was being searched when the shooting took place on Brier.
“Well, yeah, a busy afternoon here in Warren,” Cole said.
It was busy because shortly after the shooting, a crash involving two cars at the intersection of Forest Street and Paige Avenue on the northeast side injured multiple people. The crash happened after a police chase.
“One of our officers come across a car that, for some reason, they wanted to stop. A pursuit ensued and resulted here in a crash,” Cole said.
One of the cars involved in the crash was a small white Ford, on which police focused much of their search.
“They chased some guy back here through the back of the houses…the driver of the white car,” said Chris Alsbrooks, a witness.
Back on Burton Street, as police were investigating, young kids could be seen being dropped off by a school bus one house away.
Willard PreK-8 School — just two blocks away — had been placed on lockdown for a short time during the investigation.
“It wasn’t until we confirmed that it was safe for them to be released, then we released them,” Cole said.
Warren City Schools Superintendent Steve Chiaro said students at Willard went through a “controlled dismissal” with police after reports of the shooting. The kids are all safe and home now, he said.
Early Saturday morning, one man was shot and killed in the same neighborhood where Tuesday’s shooting took place. Police could not say if the two crimes are connected.
This story is corrected to show that two cars were involved in the crash, not four.