WARREN - The four masked men who authorities believe gunned down a Michigan native on Charles Avenue ransacked the home that sits behind it, then grabbed a woman there and used her as bait to draw out their target before firing at least 11 shots.
A woman called 911 after Dshawn Scott, 36, was killed early Monday at 341 Charles Ave. S.E. and said she encountered four black men, all wearing masks and carrying guns. She said they threatened to kill her unless she walked to the home that sits directly in front of her relative's and knock on the door.
"I just ran away," the woman told 911, panicking and out of breath. "I just ran as fast as I could away. The one guy started to shoot. He shouldn't have opened the door."
The emergency calls showed the hysteria caused by the shooting, from the woman who was threatened at gunpoint, a neighbor and a woman inside the home that found Scott, a relative of a friend, dead near the front door that had 11 bullet holes in it.
Police said they were still investigating the case Tuesday.
The Trumbull County Coroner's Office on Tuesday ruled Scott's death a homicide by multiple gunshot wounds.
Scott was born in Detroit and listed Taylor, Mich., as his residence in 2009, according to jail records.
The woman whose relative lives behind the home said she left her car running and ran inside the home. No one was home at the time, and she said the house was ransacked. The four men approached her. All wore masks and carried "big guns" including one who had a "huge" gun.
"They said: 'This has nothing to do with you. You go knock on that (expletive) door or I'll kill you right now,'" the woman told dispatchers.
The woman said they walked her at gunpoint to the front of the other house. Two gunmen stayed at the side of the house, and two went on the front porch with her.
The woman said she ran away and heard gunshots as she fled.
"I can't deal with this," she said. "I don't want to be killed."
The woman told dispatchers she ran to the Warren Boulevard bridge and waited for police at the city Water Department on Laird Avenue.
"I don't want to die," the woman said three times.
Another female caller, from inside the home, told dispatchers she and her friend heard gunshots and when her friend went downstairs, he saw Scott on the porch. The friend called Scott's name and ran back upstairs.
"I'm afraid to leave the room," she said. "I just need someone here immediately."
The woman eventually went downstairs and found Scott at the top of the stairs near the door.
"He's just laying at the foot of the door," she said, crying. "He's not moving."