Robbery leads to shootout

YOUNGSTOWN – A shootout following a failed carjacking late Wednesday night left two men wounded near a gas station on the city’s South Side, according to police.

David Furguson, 23, of Youngstown, was shot one time in the arm during the brief exchange of gunfire in front of South Avenue Gas Mart, according to police. Ferguson, who has a conceal-carry permit, was able to thwart the theft.

The victim’s cousin, Eric Moschella, 32, suffered a gunshot wound to the leg, reports said. Both men were transported to St. Elizabeth Health Center and listed in stable condition.

According to police reports, the incident began about 10:40 p.m. Ferguson was inside the store and Moschella was in the driver’s seat of his 1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue.

Ferguson said he heard his cousin calling for him and exited to find Moschella crawling on the ground toward the store with two masked men in the driver’s and passenger’s seats of his car, police stated.

A third masked suspect was standing outside the vehicle, shooting at Moschella, according to police.

Ferguson, who had a 9 mm handgun holstered on his right side, returned five shots, reports said. He was unsure if he hit any of the suspects, but did strike the car several times.

The suspects shot back and hit Ferguson one time, according to police, before fleeing the scene on foot eastbound along Dewey Avenue.

Later, while Youngstown police were checking the area, an officer spotted three men wearing dark clothing walking along Gibson Avenue toward Mabel Street, reports said. Police stated when the men were approached, they fled into an area of tall grass and were lost.

Police found a cell phone dropped in the area of where the men were walking. They also identified .22-caliber shell casing from the scene.

None of the suspects was in custody as of late Thursday.