By ASHLEY NEWMAN
YOUNGSTOWN - A woman was shot to death and a man injured on a North Side front porch Tuesday evening.
Ororo Wilkins, 20, was killed about 5 p.m. on the porch at 725 N. Park Ave. while visiting a family member. She was hit in the head, one witness said.
Wilkins was holding a 5-month-old child on her lap when she was shot, police and witnesses said. The child was not injured in the attack, police said. A witness said the baby was not her own.
Alexander Morales, 24, attempted to flee into the home when he was shot, according to police. The extent of his injuries was not released Tuesday night. Morales was taken to an undisclosed hospital and underwent surgery, police said.
Anyone with information about
the shooting is asked to call Youngstown police at 330-742-8911 or 330-742-8255.
Police are searching for Willie Wilks Jr., 41, of Youngstown in connection with the shooting. Police described him as a black male about 5-foot-9 and possibly armed with an assault weapon.
He is wanted for murder and attempted murder, police said.
Youngstown police Capt. David McKnight said the shooting allegedly revolved around an argument between one of the victims and Wilks.
"Apparently there was an ongoing argument with one of the victims and his mother's boyfriend," McKnight said. "The boyfriend came by and tried to shoot the one victim earlier. Allegedly, he found them at this house on Park Avenue and fired several shots into the porch area, striking both victims."
Wilks served 11 years in prison on 1991 convictions of involuntary manslaughter, two counts of felony assault, three weapons violations and drug abuse after shooting three people when he was 18, according to records.
Neighbor Levenia Morris said she was in her kitchen when she heard the shots fired.
"It sounded like an explosion," Morris said. "I looked out my side window and I didn't see anything, so that's when I went to the front door. I saw her brother screaming and yelling, 'she's dead.' I saw the woman lying there."
The home is owned by Angela McLenda, who mourned with family and friends late Tuesday night.
"It is just a tragedy," McLenda said. "That's really all I can say about it."