A Youngstown State University student was killed after gunfire exploded at an off-campus fraternity party in the early morning hours today. YSU senior, Jamail Johnson, 25, was killed and 11 other people, including six YSU students, were injured.
Police, called at 3:39 a.m., said shots were fired "indiscriminately" from outside the house. Authorities found multiple shell casings from two semiautomatic handguns, one a .40-caliber and the other a .45-caliber, Youngstown Police Chief Jimmy Hughes told CNN.
Hughes 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," he said.
Johnson was shot once in the back of the head and multiple times in the hips and legs, according to Dr. Joseph Or, a forensic pathologist with the Mahoning County coroner’s office. An autopsy is planned for Monday, Or said.
Witnesses identified two possible suspects, both with ties to the area, he said.
In a press conference this afternoon, YSU President Cynthia Anderson expressed her condolences to the families of the victims, and assured students, their families, as well as YSU faculty and staff that the campus is safe.
Ron Cole, the university’s communications director said police presence on campus has been increased. "I'm sure the increased police presence will be maintained," he told reporters. "Those are things we're talking about right now. Classes will be held as scheduled Monday morning."
He added that although there were members of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity living at the house on Indiana Ave., the dwelling was “not sanctioned” by the university.
"This is not a sanctioned fraternity house," Cole said. "This is a sanctioned fraternity with the members living in a house off-campus. I know that they are a sanctioned fraternity and an approved student organization here. It (Omega Psi Phi) was founded sometime in the 60s, and as some point they became unaffiliated...it's just been in the last two or three years they've reorganized."
Cole said that Jamail Johnson, who was a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity, was slated to graduate this year. Plans are underway to provide counseling and clergy services for students Monday morning.