Two held for fatal shooting at Ohio frat party

By Agence France-Presse
Monday, February 7, 2011 8:29 EDT
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WASHINGTON – Two men were arrested and charged with murder after they allegedly fired into a university fraternity party in Ohio, killing one student and wounding 11 others, police said.

The men had been thrown out of the early morning party near the campus of Youngstown State University after a fight, but returned a short time later.

“They just started firing in the open door, into a crowd of 40 or 50 people,” Youngstown police chief Jimmy Hughes told AFP. “They were both armed.”

University senior Jamail Johnson, 25, died when he was shot once in the back of the head and several times in the lower body, Rick Jamrozik, an investigator with the coroner’s office, told AFP.

The shooting at 3:30 am Sunday occurred at an off-campus house where members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity lived.

Hughes would not identify the alleged gunmen, but said they are not university students. He said one of the alleged shooters is 22 years old and the other is 20, and both live in Youngstown, located 75 miles southeast of Cleveland.

Both men were charged with aggravated murder, 11 counts of felony assault and 11 counts of shooting into a residence.

Eight of the wounded had been treated and released from Saint Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown, hospital spokeswoman Tina Creighton told AFP.

Three were still in the facility’s care, though she could not confirm their identities or their current conditions.

The police chief said an FBI violent crime task force based in Cleveland was called in to lead the hunt for the suspects, one of whom turned himself in. The other suspect was arrested without incident at a relative’s house in Youngstown.

The cause of the fight was not immediately known, Hughes said, adding that the suspects were escorted out by several fraternity brothers. He said the semi-automatic pistols used in the shooting have not been recovered.

University police stepped up their presence on campus after the incident, but YSU police chief John Gocala said there was no threat to the school.

“I want to express my deepest sympathies to the family of the student who died in this tragic act of violence, and to ask everyone to keep him and the other students in their thoughts and prayers,” YSU president Cynthia Anderson said in a statement.

“It is a sad day for the YSU family.”

Anderson visited the hospital earlier to meet with wounded students and their families. Counselors and clergy offered their services to students and others seeking to cope with the incident.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZURVEQCQ2Y3Z4FXOKVGZXEBUUU Clarence Laliberte

    OK, I’ll be the first. Why was it so easy for two guys to be able to get semi-automatics. Were they good members of NRA who were told to keep their guns with them at all times in case they ran into Liberals? Gang members who in spite of possible criminal records had no problem getting their hands on any type of gun? Escaped mental patients who picked up a couple of guns on the way to the party? If an idiot wants a gun an idiot can find a gun. The Republicans and the NRA, just make it so easy, that any idiot who wants to start shooting will always have the means to do so.

  • Anonymous

    There are so many guns in this country, laws don’t mean sh*t. The genie is out of the bottle and I don’t know how to get it back in without making us more of a police state than we already are. I used to be an NRA member and I still believe in the 2nd Amendment but I came to realize that the NRA is just a front group for the arms manufacturing industry. Just like any other industry, they have lobbyists and the NRA is theirs. The NRA hides behind the 2nd Amendment but it’s really all about the bucks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_USTC5E6P4FBMQRHXC2DBD2TOJE Jim C

    If they’d have just had more guns everything would have been fine . Remember how the gun nuts were chanting that mantra and pointed to the guy that came running from across the street with his gun drawn ready to dispatch evil doers in the Arizona shooting ? Only problem was he about blew away one of the rescuers who was holding the shooters gun . As long as the wing nuts and profiteers are treated as if they’re reasonable we’ll get nowhere in this debate .

  • Busto

    Youngstown has a great paper, “The Vindicator”, and they’ve done an excellent job covering this story. Yet, for some reason Raw Story uses a French outfit for this??? Seriously??


  • Anonymous

    Weapons and Alcohol both promoted and protected by our society. It’s a good thing that there was not pot avaiable to these two killers. I hear that it tends to make someone less violent.

  • Anonymous

    It’s against the LAW to speed, but people do. Laws don’t stop U from commiting crimes. Will U blame the Republicans and the NRA for U getting a hangnail? People do what people DO. Can’t blame the powers 2 be for everything what goes on!