Separate shootings leave one dead

STEUBENVILLE – Two early morning shootings at separate residences in the city have left one man dead and City Police investigating what appears to be a drive-by incident.

Derrick Williams, 18 of 1307 Orchard St. was pronounced dead at the scene after sustaining a gunshot wound to the back of the head, according to City Police Chief William McCafferty.

The chief said police were called at 3:22 a.m. after receiving reports that shots had been fired at 1124 Clair Ave. McCafferty said police arrived to find a deceased male with a gunshot wound to the head.

“People (at the scene) said bullets were coming through the house,” McCafferty said. “The victim was struck in the back of the head.”

The chief said no one else at the residence was injured, and City Police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation were still on the scene as of this morning.

Police also responded today at 4:02 a.m. to reports that shots had been fired at 1317 Plum St. Police arrived to find 17, 7.62 caliber spent casings from a presumed assault rifle and seven spent pistol rounds. McCafferty said none of the four residents at the house was injured, and it’s still unclear what occurred. McCafferty said motives for the shootings were unknown. He added BCI is involved in investigating the second shooting.

“The detectives are (still at the scene),” said the chief.