WARREN - A southwest side man was shot in the mouth by a masked man early Thursday morning while his small child and girlfriend slept.
Jason A. Flowers, 28, whose address is listed at 1534 Ferndale Ave. S.W., was shot in the mouth about 6 a.m. Thursday, according to neighbors and reports.
Flowers was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown. His condition is unknown to police.
Tribune Chronicle / Adam Ferrise
Police are investigating the shooting of Jason A. Flowers at this 297 Second St. S.W. home early Thursday.
A 911 dispatch call log said a woman called at 5:50 a.m. screaming to get someone to 297 2nd St. S.W. because someone had been shot in the mouth, and reports said a man's voice was heard over the phone. Reports said the suspect fled prior to officer's arrival and that the incident was a burglary attempt.
At the scene police questioned four witnesses, reports say. The caller told officers a man in a mask shot Flowers.
Neighbors described their neighborhood as "tough" but also said in the six-house radius where Flowers and his family lived, they looked after each other. One neighbor who didn't want to be identified said he would go over to Flowers' home and check on his family to see if they were OK from time to time and would talk to the family.
Several neighbors said Flowers stayed at the Second Street home with his family, and the three mostly kept to themselves but were friendly.
Donald Allen, 46, who lives a few houses away, said his neighbor's dog woke him up early in the morning, and he didn't think much of it when he heard three loud pops about 6 a.m.
''It didn't sound like gunshots, but like someone was hitting aluminum siding,'' Allen said. ''I got up at 6:30 just to stretch, and there were cops outside and people standing on the porch. It's crazy knowing I was awake for this.''
Allen said he spoke with Flowers several times and went to school with his brother. He also said his young son would play with Flowers' daughter when he came to visit.
''He's a real nice guy. He's quiet,'' Allen said. ''The young lady who stayed there too was real nice.''
Another Second Street resident, Richard Fuller, 53, said he knows of at least four drug dealers that live on the street and that his home has been broken into several times over the years.
''It's a rough neighborhood,'' he said. ''They rip down houses but there are still drug dealers on the street.''