SHARON – Two men were hospitalized following a shooting Wednesday afternoon at a downtown Sharon public housing apartment complex.

The Sharon Police Department responded to a report of multiple gunshots at about 2 p.m. in the area of Pine Hollow Village on East Connelly Boulevard, police Chief Edward Stabile said.

Mercer County Housing Authority owns the apartment complex.

When police arrived at the scene, they found two victims who had been shot multiple times near an SUV parked in the lot. Police said the two 21-year-old men were from Boardman, Ohio.

The two men were taken from the scene by Elite EMS, Stabile said. Their conditions had not been determined Wednesday evening.

At least six Sharon police cruisers were at the scene, and officers had taped off about half of a parking lot surrounded by apartment buildings. Police were investigating an SUV inside the taped-off area that appeared to have bullet holes in the side.

Sharon police Capt. Travis Martwinski said police were interviewing possible witnesses and working to identify a suspect.

Martwinski said he believed one victim was taken to Sharon Regional Medical Center, while the other victim was taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, though he said both victims would likely both end up at St. Elizabeth.

“In these cases they’re usually taken to St. E’s because of the trauma center,” Martwinski said.

Carpenter’s Towing was called to the scene to remove the damaged SUV, and police cleared the scene around 3 p.m.

Martwinski said police could not rule out whether Wednesday’s shooting was connected to the shooting that occurred Tuesday morning in the 200 block of Mesabi Street in Sharon.

The Sharon Police Department is investigating leads in the case and was working to determine any connection between the two shootings, and is being assisted by the Mercer County District Attorney’s Office, the release states.

Tuesday’s shooting left one man injured and resulted in lockdowns at C.M. Musser Elementary School in Sharon, about five blocks from Mesabi Street, and the emergency room of UPMC Horizon hospital in Farrell.

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