Youngstown police confirmed that a Youngstown firefighter was shot Monday after responding to a fire.
It began when crews were called about 10 p.m. to a house fire at Halleck and Elm streets.
As crews were leaving the scene around 11:30 p.m., shots were fired and bullets came through the fire truck, hitting a firefighter in the leg.
Youngstown Police will accompany the fire department on calls until whoever shot a city firefighter Monday night is captured, according to Fire Chief John O’Neill.
Someone fired two shots at a fire truck as it was returning from a fire on the 2100 block of Elm Street at around 11:30 p.m.
Chief O’Neill tells 21 News that one of the rounds went through the coat of a firefighter without injuring him. The other bullet struck another firefighter in the right calf.
Police tell O’Neill that they believe that his firefighters were targeted.
As of 5 a.m. Tuesday doctors at St. Elizabeth Hospital were trying to determine if the firefighter would need surgery.
Police searched for the shooter but could not find him.
Fire Chief John O’Neill told 21-WFMJ-TV, The Vindicator’s news partner, that city police will accompany the fire department on calls until whomever shot the firefighter Monday night is captured.
A Mercedes SUV was seen in the area and police are actively looking for that vehicle, WFMJ reported.