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Sunday, February 6, 2011
Student killed in shooting near Ohio university
(CNN) -- A senior at Ohio's Youngstown State University was killed and 11 others, including six students, were wounded in an off-campus shooting early Sunday, authorities said.
All but three of the wounded were treated and released, said Tina Creighton, a spokeswoman for St. Elizabeth's Health Center in Youngstown.
The other injuries are not life-threatening, Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes said.
Police identified the dead man as 25-year-old Jamail Johnson of nearby Girard, Ohio. Johnson was shot once in the back of the head and several times in the lower body, Dr. Joseph Ohr, a forensic pathologist at the Mahoning County Coroner's Office, told CNN.
Police have notified Johnson's family, Hughes said.
The shooting happened at an off-campus house where members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity were holding a party, Hughes said.
Police got the call at 3:39 a.m. and said shots were fired "indiscriminately" from outside the house. Authorities found multiple shell casings from two semi-automatic handguns, one a .40-caliber and the other a .45-caliber, Hughes said.
Hughes said he expects to have arrest warrants for two suspects issued by the end of the day and "hopefully, we'll have them in custody soon after that."
University spokesman Ron Cole said there was no threat to the campus, but campus police have stepped up their presence "as a precaution."
Youngstown is about 75 miles southeast of Cleveland.
Johnson's friends described him Sunday as a nice person who didn't get into trouble.
"He wasn't the person that you had to be worried about when you went out," said David Oliveira, who isn't a student at Youngstown but who knew Johnson from his hometown. "He wasn't the type of guy to get into conflicts."
James Baker, who attended Youngstown last spring, said Johnson was a "real good dude" who was going to graduate this spring.
"He had goals. He had plans to open up a business," Baker told CNN, adding Johnson was simply in the wrong place at the wrong time.
"I'm hurting for him right now," Baker said. "I'm just surprised he had to be the one in the crossfire."
CNN's Nick Valencia, John Branch, Susan Candiotti, and Ross Levitt contributed to this report.