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Man Shot To Death

Steubenville has pair of gun incidents early Wednesday

July 11, 2013
By MARK J. MILLER - For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

STEUBENVILLE - Two early Wednesday shootings at separate homes in the city left one man dead and police investigating what appears to be a drive-by incident.

Derrick Williams, 18, of 1307 Orchard St. was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining a gunshot wound to the back of the head, according to Police Chief William McCafferty.

The chief said police were called at 3:22 a.m. after receiving reports that shots had been fired at 1124 Clair Ave. McCafferty said police arrived to find a body with a gunshot wound to the head.

"People said bullets were coming through the house," McCafferty said. "The victim was struck in the back of the head."

The chief said no one else at the residence was injured, and city police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were investigating the scene.

Police also responded at 4:02 a.m. Wednesday to reports that shots had been fired at 1317 Plum St. Police arrived to find 17 spent 7.62 mm casings from a rifle and seven spent pistol rounds. McCafferty said none of the four residents of the house was injured, and it's still unclear what occurred.

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Latest in The Long Line Of Violence In Steubenville

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STEUBENVILLE - The death of an 18-year-old man Wednesday was the latest in a string four fatal shootings in the city this year.

In addition to those fatalities, reports indicate at least seven other people have been injured since October in incidents involving gun violence.


- Derrick Williams, 18, of 1307 Orchard Street, Steubenville, died after being shot in the back of the head on 1124 Clair Avenue early Wednesday morning.

- Tristan Jackson, 27, of Chicago was fatally shot once in the head shortly after 2 p.m. April 19 on Pittsburgh Street. City residents Lonnie Smith, 31, and Kory Smith, 27, were charged with murder in the case, but the charges were since dismissed.

Jackson's cousin, Jermaine Foots, 21, also of Chicago, was shot as he ran from the scene and was found near the Pittsburgh Street and Oak Grove Avenue intersection. Foots was transported by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh area hospital.

- Ryan Toson, 21, and Otavius Wilson, 19, both of Steubenville, died after receiving multiple gunshot wounds Jan. 30 at Heritage Place Apartments, Steubenville. Kordel Moncreace, 16, of Steubenville, was arrested and faces charges of aggravated murder with firearm specifications and tampering with evidence.


- A juvenile was shot in the leg at the Hawk Gas Station on South Seventh St., Steubenville, and an adult was missed by another shot on June 25. The shooting victim was taken to Trinity Medical Center West and then transported to a Pittsburgh-area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police named Carl "C.J." Cason as a suspect in the case but have not reported locating him.

- Two people were shot on a porch at 431 S. Fifth St. at 12:32 a.m. June 24. Sean D. Loveless was taken to a Pittsburgh-area hospital with a gunshot wound to the lower back, while Linda Surface was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital with a gunshot wound to her leg.

- Brandon Young, aka Brandon Hubbard, 30, of Steubenville was shot three times around 2 a.m. May 22 on a porch at 1304 Park St., Steubenville. Corey J. Lyons Jr., 25, of Steubenville was arrested and charged with two counts of felonious assault, one with a gun specification, and single counts of tampering with evidence and having a weapon as a convicted felon. Young was flown to a PIttsburgh hospital for treatment.

- Zachary Willis, 33, of 1175 Jefferson County Road 28, Steubenville, was brought to Trinity Medical Center West for treatment of gunshot wounds sustained at Lincoln and Tweed avenues about 2 a.m. April 16. Willis was taken by medical helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital.

- Marlin E. Hartman, 29, of 261 Clinton Ave., Mingo Junction; David Hanlin Jr., 23, of 988 McKinley Ave., Steubenville; and Carey L. Bailey Jr., 32, of 295 Nelson Drive, Steubenville were each indicted on single counts of attempted murder and felonious assault, each with a firearm specification, and tampering with evidence.

- Tracy J. McGowan, 32, of 1401 State St., Steubenville, told police he was at the intersection of Oak Grove and Carnegie streets in his vehicle at 2:11 a.m. April 14 when occupants of another vehicle pulled up alongside and fired numerous shots, one of which struck him. McGowan was treated and released from Trinity Medical Center West.

- A person was grazed with a bullet in an October shooting at Club 106.

McCafferty said motives for the shootings were unknown. He added BCI is involved in investigating the second shooting.

Detectives were still at the scene, McCafferty said later Wednesday.

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