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Killing brings homicide count to 7

WARREN — One man is dead after a drive-by shooting Monday night in the 1000 block of Kenmore Avenue.

Darryl Van Jackson, 30, was found with gunshot wounds and was taken to St. Joseph Warren Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead, according to a police report. Officers were called to the area of Kenmore Avenue and Sussex Street around 11:20 p.m. for reports of multiple shots fired and people running.

According to 911 recordings provided by Trumbull County Dispatch, a car drove by and opened fire on Jackson. Callers gave varying reports of how many shots were fired, ranging from six to 15.

“I was sitting on my back porch and someone just fired a lot of weapons and there’s people screaming outside,” one caller said. “You’ve got people running every direction out there.”

“A car pulled up to our neighbor’s house, then there was 10 to 12 gunshots, and then I heard the car speed off,” another caller said. “I didn’t go outside. I just heard yelling and screaming after that. I hear people yelling outside.”

One caller identified the vehicle as a black Dodge Charger, though no vehicle description is listed in the police report. Another caller suggested the shooting was possibly related to drug activity, but that information is unconfirmed.

Police also are investigating a Sunday shooting in which Mark R. Yauger II, 30, 2405 Central Parkway, was killed.

Yauger was found in the driveway of a property across from his home shortly after 4:47 p.m. Sunday after being shot in his house. He was taken into surgery at Trumbull Regional Medical Center for a chest wound but died shortly after.

Neighbors reported hearing three rapid gunshots coming from Yauger’s home and then seeing two men with bandanas covering their faces fleeing the house. A 911 report states the men jumped into a blue Chevrolet Cobalt with temporary tags and headed toward U.S. Route 422. One report stated the men had the victim’s handgun.

Five other homicides have been recorded in Warren since the first of the year:

On March 18, police found Mark C. Dixon Jr., 29, 1190 Tod Ave. SW, shot and bleeding profusely after an officer stopped a gray 2012 Jeep at the corner of West Market and South streets. Police said the vehicle was being driven at a high speed on Highland Avenue. Dixon was taken to Trumbull Regional Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead. Police are investigating the incident as a homicide.

On March 1, a man was found shot to death inside a home at 239 Homewood Ave. SE and remains an unsolved case. The New Year’s Day fatal shooting of Annie Miller, 86, 366 Douglas Street, and the Jan. 27 fatal shooting of Timothy Allen Jr., 34, 1584 Ferndale Ave. SW, also are unsolved.

Police did make an arrest in the Feb. 10 stabbing death of 27-year-old Marlon D. Smith. Walter L. Toles, 54, of Braceville, was indicted Feb. 13 in a special Trumbull County grand jury report on charges of aggravated murder, aggravated burglary and aggravated robbery in connection to Smith’s death.

Warren had eight homicides all of last year.

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