Ohio firefighter shot while responding to fire

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Youngstown police confirmed that a Youngstown firefighter was shot Monday after responding to a fire.

It began when crews were called about 10 p.m. to a house fire at Halleck and Elm streets.

As crews were leaving the scene around 11:30 p.m., shots were fired and bullets came through the fire truck, hitting a firefighter in the leg.

A perimeter was set up and K-9 units were called in to search the area.

Fire Chief John O’Neill said he doesn’t think the shooting was random and that police are treating it as a targeted shooting.

“I don’t think they were stray bullets. There were a few shots taken, and we have at least two bullet holes in the truck,” O’Neill said. “Now it’s going to be up to the police. Hopefully, the police will get on this and get someone right away and find out what’s going on and why they did it.”

O’Neill said one bullet went through the coat of a firefighter in the back of the truck and another bullet hit the driver in the right leg.

The injured firefighter was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital. O’Neill said he’s expected to fully recover.

O’Neill said the shooting has rattled other firefighters in the department.

Until further notice, a Youngstown police squad will accompany firefighters to any fire scene.