25-year-old named as Warren’s 15th homicide
Autopsy: Youngstown man died of multiple gunshot wounds
WARREN — An autopsy of the city’s 15th homicide victim of the year was done Monday, and forensics identified him as 25-year-old Queysean Sallis of Youngstown.
According to Kathy Meszaros, chief forensic investigator for the Trumbull County Coroner’s Office, Sallis died of multiple gunshot wounds after being shot Friday evening at the Hampshire House apartments. Meszaros said Sallis, of 1749 Gertrude Place, Youngstown, was identified through fingerprints.
According to a Trumbull County 911 report, a woman called 911 around 7 p.m. Friday to report people shooting outside her apartment at 1413 Fifth St. SW. A second caller told dispatchers that someone was dead, and she saw two men — both with guns — outside the complex.
An Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction report shows Sallis served a four-year prison term after being convicted in 2013 in Columbiana County court for discharging a firearm in a school or habitation.
Court records here show that Sallis had no criminal record in Trumbull or Mahoning counties, but appeared on Jan. 22, 2020, in Warren Municipal Court to plead no contest to a charge of operating a motor vehicle without a license.
Lt. Bryan Holmes of the Warren Police Department said multiple witnesses to the shooting were found, but very few were willing to speak to officers. Holmes said the victim was in his mid-20s and was shot multiple times outside one of the apartment buildings. He was taken to Trumbull Regional Medical Center by a civilian, where he was pronounced dead. Holmes said the suspects fled the scene.
On Saturday afternoon, reports show police tracked two young men who bailed out of a vehicle involved in a chase through the southwest side.
The report showed that Warren officers were called about 2:50 p.m. Saturday to the area of 1208 Fifth St. SW — about two blocks from the site of Friday’s fatal shooting — to check for suspicious men making threats with a handgun.
Officers checked the area of Sixth Street SW and observed a suspicious vehicle pulling out of Shadi’s Food Mart. As the officers attempted to make a traffic stop, the vehicle containing two younger black men pulled onto Tod Avenue and U-turned back into the lot of the market, then continuing westbound on Sixth.
The report states the vehicle crossed the center line and was speeding, not obeying officers’ commands to stop. The vehicle ran stop signs and turned onto Deerfield Avenue SW going over the curb.
The vehicle then went northbound on Southwest Boulevard SW, turned east on Palmyra Road continuing toward Austin Avenue SW, swerving around oncoming traffic at more than 65 mph, according to the report.
The vehicle turned southbound onto Parkman Road SW and rammed open a gate at Southwest Park, continuing into the closed park, driving into the open grass field driving another 100 yards into the tree line when the two bailed out and ran, the report states.
A police dog tracked the woods southward toward Blakely Circle SW. While moving through the woods, officers found a black T-shirt with a tennis shoes graphic, which was laying on top of freshly tracked high grass. The shirt was taken for evidence, the report states.
Holmes did not say whether this chase is related to the homicide investigation.
This is Warren’s second homicide in less than a week. Joshua E. Wilson, 33, suffered multiple gunshot wounds and later died after a shooting on Maryland Street NW near North Park Avenue around 8:30 p.m. Sept. 22. Holmes said detectives are working several leads in the city’s 14th homicide case and questioning persons of interest, but no supsects have been determined.
The 15 homicides in the city in less than one year are the most since the 1990s, city officials have said.