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Driver shot to death in Warren

24-year-old released from jail last week after case was not indicted by grand jury

Staff photo / Bob Coupland Warren police detectives speak to neighbors in the 700 block of Summit Street on Sunday morning to see if they saw anything during a fatal drive-by shooting. Delquan Ware, 24, who died of gunshot wounds, was the driver of the silver Chevrolet Malibu, left, that was involved in a two-car crash after the shooting.

WARREN — The 24-year-old driver gunned down Sunday morning in a drive-by shooting near a major northwest Warren intersection had been released from the Trumbull County jail last week after his case was not indicted by a grand jury.

A second shooting this weekend on the northwest side sent three people to the hospital, but police would not say if the episodes are related.

Delquan Ware, of 2951 Linda Drive NW, who jail records say was released at 1:54 p.m. July 28, was pronounced dead at Trumbull Regional Medical Center shortly after the shooting that occurred between 11:15 a.m. and 11:20 a.m. Sunday on Summit Street near Tod Avenue NW.

A spokeswoman for Trumbull County Coroner Dr. Thomas James said an autopsy is scheduled for today. If the coroner rules the death a homicide, this would be the city’s 13th in 2020. Last year Warren had eight homicides.

Meanwhile, a Warren councilwoman is asking police to seek extra help in patrolling the streets to show residents a reaction to the increased violence in the city this year.

“The city has to step up to come up with some kind of a plan to protect our people. What is the city willing to do to keep our residents safe?” asked Councilwoman Cheryl Saffold, D-6th Ward, who said more high-tech surveillance cameras and additional patrols from the Trumbull County Sheriff’s office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol would be a start.

“Something has to be done here. It is outrageous that this shooting occurred in broad daylight at a busy intersection at a time when churches were holding services,” she said.

According to a Trumbull County 911 report, four shots Sunday possibly came from a white Suburban that struck another vehicle and continued northbound on Tod. A female in the hit vehicle reported to 911 that she had a bump on her head and said three cars wrecked as a result of the shooting. A Warren police report showed two vehicles crashed in front of a home in the 700 block of Summit.

A third vehicle, a gold Saturn, also was involved in a crash, sitting partially on a curb at Tod and Summit, the police report states.

Officers found the victim in the driver’s seat of the silver Chevrolet Malibu that had crashed in front of the home. The victim was covered in blood from the arms up, the report states, with the officer finding what appeared to be a bullet hole in the driver’s side window.

After the victim was taken away by ambulance, police blocked off Summit Street and secured the crime scene. Officers spoke to people in nearby homes and a bar to see if they saw anything.

Attempts to contact police Chief Eric Merkel, city Safety Service Director Eddie Colbert and detectives were unsuccessful on Monday in trying to confirm if police were linking together the two weekend shootings.

According to police reports, officers were called to an apartment in the 500 block of Southern Boulevard NW about 5:30 a.m. Saturday to investigate “possible shots being fired.”

The report states two victims suffered major injuries: a 37-year-old Prospect Avenue NW man and a a 35-year-old Brier Street SE man. A 37-year-old woman sustained minor injuries.

No report of whether the victims were hospitalized was given.

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