The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

March 24, 2013

Ashtabula shooting victim dies from wounds

Man identified as 24-year-old James Anderson of Youngstown

Star Beacon

ASHTABULA — A Youngstown man died Friday evening after he was struck by multiple bullets along the 900 block of West 43rd Street early Friday evening, according to Ashtabula County Coroner’s Investigator Jim Baehr.

James Anderson, 24, of Youngstown, was shot on a sidewalk just east of 939 W. 43rd Street shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, according to Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell and information garnered from the scene. Police were called to the scene around 6:07 p.m., Baehr said.

A suspect is being held related to the shooting, said Lt. William Parkomaki of the Ashtabula Police Department. “A 21-year-old Ashtabula man is in custody in connection with the incident,” he said.

Parkomaki said the shooting is still under investigation and more information will be released as it becomes available.

Baehr said Anderson was taken from West 43rd Street to Ashtabula County Medical Center.

“He was transported to the hospital. Preparations were made for him to be flown by helicopter to another hospital, but his vitals deteriorated and he died in the emergency room,” Baehr said. He said the time of death was 8:01 p.m. Friday.

“He was sent for an autopsy at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office,” Baehr said. He said the preliminary report indicates Anderson died as a result of the shooting.

“The cause of death was multiple gunshots,” he said.

Baehr said the preliminary autopsy indicates there were four gunshot wounds.

“Last I knew they (police) were interviewing people and the gun had not been found,” Baehr said. He said he arrived at the hospital around 8:30 p.m. Friday evening.

“Complete toxicology and (the) complete report will be done in 12 to 16 weeks,” Baehr said.

“The investigation is continuing with the Ashtabula Police Department, the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and this office,” Baehr said.

Ashtabula Police blocked off West 43rd Street Friday evening until early Saturday morning canvassing the area for evidence.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was on the scene around 9 p.m. Friday and placed numbered markers along a sidewalk at the shooting scene. A BCI investigator photographed the area under a large light provided by the Ashtabula Fire Department.

Around 9:30 p.m. Friday a series of police cars stopped a vehicle and took a person into custody at the intersection of West 39th St. and West Avenue. A car was also impounded at the scene and towed to the Ashtabula Police Department.

Police would not say if the incident had anything to do with the shooting.