Monday, July 13, 2009

Scott Yeazle speaks about shooting at press conference

Photo caption: Scott Yeazle addresses the media at the Central Hillside Community Center at 12 noon today. In the background right to left are: Lt. Eric Rish and Deputy Chief Mike Tusken, Misty and J.P. Rennquist with Ejijah, age 2 months, one of their three children. (Photo by Naomi Yaeger-Bischoff)

Central Hillside resident and community organizer Scott Yeazle (also the vice president of the Hillsider) called a press conference today to talk about the shooting last night. Yeazle says the Central Hillside is a good place to live with lots of families. He is calling for people to get to know each other by organizing block watches.

Look for more info soon.

(This is Naomi, I need to get to the police press conference in 15 minutes.)

Here is the police press release:

Description: On Sunday, July 12, 2009, at 10:01 p.m., Duluth Police responded to the report of a shooting in the 200 Block of East #5 Alley.

Officers arriving on scene located two male gunshot victims near 419 N. 2nd Avenue East. Curtis Michael Cooney D.O.B. 08/10/1986 sustained a single gunshot wound to the head. Cooney was transported to a local hospital where was pronounced dead. Ephriam Darell Burks D.O.B. 08-01-1987 sustained a gunshot wound to his leg and was transported to a local hospital. Burk’s injury is not life threatening.

Just prior to the shooting Cooney, Burks and several other individuals were inside 419 N. 2nd Avenue East when they were told that there were three persons outside with baseball bats. They when out side and exchanged a few words with the three individuals just prior to the shots being fired. The only suspect information the police department is releasing at this time is the three suspects are all believed to be black males.

Numerous witness statements were taken at the scene. In addition, the crime scene was secured and processed. Numerous spent shell casings were recovered from the shooting scene.

The police believe this shooting may be related to a disturbance call at the rear of 221 East 4th Street approximately an hour and twenty minutes prior to the shooting. This call involved one of the shooting victims and several other individuals. The investigation into the incident is active and ongoing. No arrests have been made at this time. The police are asking that anyone with information on this shooting call the Duluth Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit at 218-730-5050.