‘It was clearly an ambush’: Three people, including infant, killed in Youngstown shooting

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YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WKBN) – During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown, Police Chief Robin Lees and other community leaders gave updates on the investigation into a triple homicide involving an infant.

Lees said they’re making progress in the case with “good, solid leads” and they’re closing in on suspects.

He said it looks like 21-year-old Edward Morris was the target. Police said they believe he had a violent criminal history and a previous arrest record.

Valarcia Blair, 19, and Tariq Morris, 3 months, “were attached to that as a result of being with him,” Lees said.

“It was pretty clearly an ambush,” he said.

Police said two guns were involved — an assault rifle and a 9 mm pistol. They think Morris fired at least two shots.

Lees said it looks like Morris was armed and was wary of his circumstances leading up to the attack.

Police said they are looking for a person of interest for questioning. He has not been charged with the homicides but is charged in an unrelated crime.

They have not released his name.

Lees also commented on the recent string of murders in the city. Eight homicides have happened in less than a month.

He said it doesn’t look like they’re related but they do have a common thread — drugs.

Lees said none of those cases are closed but they have made progress in each.

Police are asking people with information on any of these homicides to step forward and share what they know. You can call Youngstown police at 330-747-7911 or Crimestoppers Youngstown at 330-746-CLUE (2583).

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