Drugs, guns, money found

Stash revealed in cars, homes during shooting, crash investigation

WARREN — Drugs, cash and a dozen guns were found in homes and vehicles searched in connection to a Tuesday shooting and car crash, according to a police report.

Shawn T. Flowers, 50, of 182 High St. Apt. 210, was taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital with gunshot wounds after officers responded about 3:15 p.m. Tuesday to a shooting in the 2200 block of Brier Street SE, according to a police report. A short time later, a car driven by Shawndon R. Flowers, 22, of 182 High St. NE that was being chased by police crashed on the other side of town at Paige Avenue and Forest Street NE.

Police said Tuesday that the shooting and the crash were related as they searched a home at 2325 Burton St. SE where they believed people involved in the Brier Street shooting ran.

Police found four guns, ammunition, a small amount of suspected heroin, marijuana, two digital scales, packaging material and $2,500 at the Burton Street home, according to a Thursday press release from Warren police. More details about the crash also were provided in the release.

The younger Flowers ran from the car after the crash, the release states, and was found a short time later behind a home on Forest Street NE. His mother, whose name wasn’t provided, was taken to the hospital after the crash as were Eric Thompson, 17, of 516 Forest St. NE, and Sabrina Simon, 17, Laird Avenue NE, a passenger in Thompson’s car. Thompson was trying to turn left from Paige onto Forest when his car was hit by Shawndon R. Flowers’ car, the report states. Thompson and Simon were not involved in the shooting incident, police said.

Police found two handguns on Paige Avenue, the release states, which are suspected of being used in the shooting. Police also found a digital scale, suboxone and a small amount of suspected heroin in Shawndon R. Flowers’ car, the release states. On Wednesday, police searched 182 High Street NE and they found two rifles, a pistol grip shotgun, three handguns, ammunition, a digital scale, packaging material, $5,500 cash and approximately 40 grams of suspected heroin.

Shawndon R. Flowers was arrested on charges of failure to comply and having weapons under disability. Police said the investigation is ongoing and several others are expected to be arrested in the near future.

“The vigilance and willingness to cooperate with the police department led to 12 firearms and illegal narcotics being taken off the streets of Warren,” the press release states.