Shooting probe continues

WARREN – So far, a city woman is the only person at the scene of this week’s fatal shooting facing criminal charges stemming from the incident.

Warren police charged Carol A. Sheldon, 44, of 435 Maryland St., Warren, with misdemeanor falsification.

Police said Sheldon presented false identification to them Tuesday night when they responded to to 228 Forest N.E. after receiving reports of gunshots. Police found Deon Sanders, 22, of Youngstown lying on his back beside the driveway east of the home. He died en route to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

As of Thursday, no one had been charged in his death, which has been ruled a homicide.

Warren police Capt. Robert Massucci said the investigation remained ongoing and that investigators still had to question several people at the scene when Sanders was killed.

Police detained and questioned Fred Washington Jr., identified by witnesses as the shooter, but later released him. Massucci said Thursday investigators were still working to sort out the details and determine what led up to the shooting.

He added that once the investigation is complete, police will have their findings over to the city prosecutor’s office, which will then make the decision whether to charge anyone in Sanders’ death.

Sanders previously admitted to being a member of the H Black gang in Youngstown. However, Warren police said they did not believe the shooting was gang-related.

He pleaded guilty last year to robbery charges, according to Mahoning County Common Pleas Court records. He was scheduled to be sentenced July 9. On May 27, a Mahoning County judge issued a bench warrant for his arrest, ordering him to be taken into custody and held without bond.

Like Sheldon, Sanders also had false identification on him making it more complicated for investigators to determine his identity.

Sheldon, who also has felony drug charges pending in Trumbull County Common Pleas Court, has a pre-trial scheduled next Thursday in Warren Municipal Court on the falsification charge.

Police were called at 8:26 p.m. Tuesday by neighborhood residents who reported four gunshots and that someone had been shot at the home.

The house is registered to Michelle Profera, who neighbors said was in a relationship with Washington, and that Washington was staying at the house with her.

Police said they could not confirm statements from neighbors that Washington had warned residents recently of the possibility of a shooting or that there had been an ongoing dispute between Washington and Sanders.

Police also would not comment on remarks by neighbors that Washington had told them he had to shoot Sanders because he had run through the house shooting.

Sanders’ death marked the city’s third homicide of the year.