Youngstown police probe crimes from weekend

Staff Report


City police are investigating multiple acts of violence over the weekend.

Guns were the weapon of choice in most, but in one case a mother is accused of hitting her wayward son with a hammer.

Police reported that Shantell Veal, 29, of Youngstown was charged with felonious assault Saturday after police were called to an East Boston address and found her 14-year-old son bleeding from the nose and arm. The boy told police his mother hit him several times with the wood end of a hammer.

Veal reportedly told officers her son ran away and returned home Saturday. She said she was trying to discipline the boy; she admitted hitting the boy with a closed fist, but said no hammer was used.

Police confiscated a hammer found in the living room of the home.

A Saturday disagreement between a 46-year-old East Side man and his 20-year-old nephew led to gunfire on Keogh Avenue.

According to reports, the nephew went to his uncle’s Keogh home just after 10 p.m. to retrieve some items when the two men began to argue. The nephew reportedly fired about four shots at the house as he was leaving.

Police did not find any damage to the house, but did recover bullet casing near the driveway of the home.

Gunfire also was reported during an argument between an East Side couple Sunday morning.

According to reports, the 22-year-old female and 24-year-old male, both of Bennington Avenue, began arguing about 10 a.m. and the woman asked the man to leave the home. The man reportedly became angry and struck the woman in the head with the butt of a gun.

The woman told police the man shot at her when she told him their relationship was over. No one was injured.

A 15-year-old boy has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon, aggravated menacing and receiving stolen property after being found with a stolen handgun during a West Side melee Sunday night.

According to police, witnesses saw the juvenile with the gun threatening to shoot people during a fight just before 6 p.m. on North Evanston. The boy reportedly tried to run when police arrived but was located a block away.

Police found two handguns, one reported stolen, along the path the boy had been running to avoid police.

Police are looking for three woman, one armed with a handgun, who broke into a South Side home Sunday afternoon and attacked three women.

Reports say the three women went to a home in the 100 block of Brooklyn Avenue and broke out a south front-facing window to gain access to the home then began beating the three women inside with a metal bat and bricks.

One woman held a black handgun in her hand during the assault.

Reports say the beating was part of an ongoing feud between the two groups of women.