YOUNGSTOWN - The woman wounded in a shooting just off the campus of Youngstown State University has no known connection to the suspect in the shooting.
Chief of Detectives Capt. Mark Milstead said Brittany Johnson, 23, who is being treated at St. Elizabeth Health Center, is expected to recover after being wounded about 2:50 a.m. while she was in a car with four other people on Pennsylvania Avenue.
The suspect in the shooting, 19-year-old Sylean Wilson of Pittsburgh, had earlier been kicked out of a nearby club after he broke a light bulb and tried to get back inside, Milstead said.
Johnson and her friends had been at the same club, but Milstead said it appears they did not know each other and did not interact in any way at the club.
''I don't think they (people in car) had anything to do with them,'' Milstead said.
Milstead said Johnson and her friends were pulling up to their building when they heard the first four shots, which confused the driver, causing the car hit the curb when they tried to park. One of the next two shots then hit Johnson, Milstead said.
''For whatever reason, he (Wilson) picked this car out as something to him in some manner,'' Milstead said.
A patrol officer, Jimmy Hughes Jr., was in the area and saw Wilson firing at the car. He chased Wilson to a building, and a man inside, 19-year-old Rashaad Lewis, also of Pittsburgh, would not open the door. He also was arrested and was charged with obstruction of justice.
Inside the apartment police found a .40-caliber handgun. Milstead said Hughes kept a bad situation from getting worse.
''We were fortunate to have Officer Hughes come down the street,'' Milstead said.
Wilson was arraigned in Municipal Court Tuesday on four counts of felonious assault and is in the Mahoning County Jail on $200,000 bond. Lewis was also arraigned and is in the jail on $10,000 bond. Both have preliminary hearings at 10 a.m. Feb. 27.