UPDATED: Firefighter shot leaving fireground in Youngstown, Ohio

New details & radio traffic from shooting


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.

Youngstown Vindicator:

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.

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