Cops searching for Mingo suspects in shooting

MINGO JUNCTION – Three men forcibly entered a home at 122 Union Ave. around 2:30 p.m. Thursday demanding money from people inside and shot a man in the knee, Village Police Chief Steve Maguschak said.

Maguschak said the residents inside were watching TV when they answered a knock at the door. That is when the three men forced their way into the home, claiming the man inside owed them money.

The intruders also hit a woman, a 13-year-old and 2-year-old child inside with a gun, the chief said.

All four people injured were taken to Trinity Medical Center West for treatment.

A female was reported to be driving the getaway vehicle.

Steubenville Police pulled the vehicle over in the 100 block of South Fourth Street about 30 minutes later. The female who reportedly was driving the vehicle from Mingo Junction was taken into custody.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department is assisting in the investigation.

Sheriff Fred Abdalla said the three males got out of the getaway vehicle near Steubenville High School and ran toward the railroad tracks.

Abdalla said the intruders were dressed like utility workers, wearing safety vests and hardhats.

Steubenville officers were searching the North End of the city for the three suspects.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to come to the Mingo Junction home to process the scene for evidence.

See Friday’s edition for more details.