Police say Warren shooting, crash related

Tribune Chronicle / Guy Vogrin This silver car was struck by the white Ford in the background at the intersection of Paige Avenue and Forest Street NE during a police chase Tuesday. The occupants of the Ford were believed to be involved in a shooting minutes earlier near Brier Street and Wick Street SE.

WARREN — A shooting Tuesday afternoon on the city’s southeast side that left at least one person injured is somehow connected to a police chase that ended with a two-car crash on the other side of town minutes later, according to police.

Police are still trying to piece together the events that started with gunfire just after 3 p.m. at 2254 Brier St. SE and the crash involving a white Ford at the intersection of Paige Avenue NE and Forest Street NE. As many as 10 to 15 gunshots were reported, according to call logs.

A man who was shot was taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital, according to a 911 recording. Four people involved in the crash also were taken to the hospital, police said, including Shawndon Flowers, 22, who was booked into the Trumbull County Jail at 8:49 p.m. Tuesday on charges of having weapons under disability, failure to comply and driving under suspension.

The names and conditions of the other people involved weren’t available Tuesday night.

Lt. Jeff Cole said at the scene of the crash it was too early to release additional details as to what happened. He said Flowers and a passenger were in the white Ford and weapons had been found in the area of the crash.

“Dots are still being connected and they’re gathering evidence,” Cole said.

Lt. Greg Hoso, who confirmed the incidents are related, said the matter remains under investigation.

Police searched a home at 2325 Burton St. SE following the shooting as a large crowd looked on. Radio calls indicate several shell casings were found on the road near the intersection of Brier Street SE and Wick Avenue SE.

Hoso said police were led to the home by witnesses who said people ran there from Brier Street SE after shots were fired.

Cole said police pursued a white Ford on Elm Road before it crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Paige Avenue NE and Forest Street NE. Cole said the occupants of the vehicles, including Flowers, went to a local hospital.

Paige Avenue NE resident Terri Malailua said she and her brother-in-law, Tim Malailua, heard the crash. Tim Malailua said the crash woke him up.

“As soon as I heard the crash I came outside and saw the guy crawling out of the car and take off running,” he said.

School resource officers from the Lincoln PK-8 School and Warren G. Harding High School were sent to Willard PK-8 School, near the shooting, to help police there get students released on time, according to Steve Chiaro, Warren City Schools superintendent.

Police did not return a call seeking additional information Tuesday night.

Early Saturday morning, one man was shot and killed in the same neighborhood where Tuesday’s shooting took place. Police could not say if those two crimes are connected.

Reporter Guy Vogrin contributed to this story.