YOUNGSTOWN - Police say there are people they need to speak to after a man was shot several times in the driveway of a South Side home Wednesday.
Dion Weatherspoon, 24, was killed about 11:30 a.m. He was found dead in the driveway of a 246 Hilton Ave. home, according to police Chief Rod Foley.
His death is the 15th homicide in the city this year.
A large crowd of about a hundred people gathered as police collected evidence at the home next door at 250 Hilton Ave. At least a dozen markers were in the frontyard, each indicating where an empty shell casing had been found.
There also were several women at the scene crying, and traffic was at a standstill because of cars parked on both sides of the street following the shooting.
Foley said police have several ''persons of interest'' they want to talk to but had no one in custody as of yet. He said police were checking into stories that a fight preceded the shooting.
It appeared as if U.S. Marshals searched a home about two doors down from where Weatherspoon's body was found. Several marshals went inside, and one was searching the garage. Two city police officers were stationed outside the house after detectives left.
A person who lives on the street who asked not to be identified said drug sales happen frequently on the street. Other onlookers declined to comment.
Court records show Weatherspoon had addresses on Hilton and East Philadelphia avenues, and he was acquitted of murder in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court in January 2009.
He had been accused of killing William Burr, who was shot several times and found lying in the doorway of a South Avenue pizza shop in July 2007.
Burr was a witness to the murder of his brother, Anthony Perez, in December 2006. He was gunned down while he was fixing a car in the driveway of a South Side home.