Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Shooting Kills 1, Injures 11

Omega Psi Phi: Two angry men at a fraternity party in Youngstown left the party and returned early Sunday to shoot bullets into a crowd, killing a student who was trying to separate the two groups and injuring eleven others.

Police were called to the house at 55 Indiana Avenue around 3 a.m. Sunday. The shooting occurred during a party at Omega Psi Phi, commonly referred to as the "ques."

The shooters were arrested and charged with aggravated murder, shooting into a house and 11 counts of felonious assault. The suspects are in their early 20s and from the Youngstown area.

"These guys were in the location for a little while before the shooting occurred," said Youngstown police Chief Jimmy Hughes. "Something happened that they became unhappy. They had some type of altercation."

The deceased student has been identified as 25-year-old Jamail E. Johnson, who was shot once in the head and several times in his hips and legs. Johnson was apparently trying to separate two groups when he was shot.

"(Johnson) was just an excellent, excellent young man, and our loss runs deep," said Christopher Cooper, a legal officer for Omega Psi Phi fraternity. Johnson had recently traveled to North Carolina for a fraternity program emphasizing manhood and scholarship.

The 11 people injured were taken to nearby St. Elizabeth Health Center. Eight of them were treated and released by afternoon, and the conditions of the other three have not been released.

"This is one of those days that every university president across the country, as well as many other officials, always dread," said Youngstown University president Cynthia Anderson. Police assure that there is no threat to the campus.

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