WARREN, Ohio — Police have two people in custody after a shooting in the downtown Warren area around 10:30 a.m. Sunday.
Police said one victim, Marco Dukes, died after being taken to a Cleveland hospital.
The shooting happened near High Street and Elm Road, close to St. Demetrios Church and the Mocha House, a popular eatery. Officials said people were coming in and out of the church at the time of the shooting, and homes in the area were damaged by gunfire.
Officials are not yet releasing a motive for the shooting.
Mayor Doug Franklin said he is very concerned about the recent violence and believes the whole community needs to come together to help stop the violence.
He said he is very thankful to the police department’s detectives for acting quickly and apprehending the two suspects.
City Councilman Eddie Colbert, who was at the scene, said he is also every concerned.
Police statistics for the first seven months of this year in Warren show 216 complaints of shots fired. That’s a 31 percent increase from the same timeframe last year. Other gun incidents, such as arrests of felons possessing guns, are also up.
And the increase falls on the shoulders of what many say is an already understaffed police department. There are 63 officers now. In 2008, there were 81.
Colbert said he has been trying for months to get at least three officers hired so the police department can reinstate its drug unit.
Officials have stated they do not have the funding to return the police department to its authorized strength.