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Simmons Jr. surrenders in Steubenville shots fired case

The Speedway gas station on North 4th Street is the latest location of a possible shots fired investigation (WTOV).

Wednesday

Robert Simmons Jr., 22, surrendered himself to authorities on Wednesday afternoon in the presence of his attorney after a shots fired incident that took place in the city of Steubenville the day after Christmas.

His bond was set at $100,000.

Steubenville police are also looking for 24-year-old Justyn Hendricks in connection to recent shootings.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest on charges of felonious assault and having weapons under disability. Hendricks is said to live on Beech Road in Weirton. If you have any information on his whereabouts, contact Steubenville police.

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Tuesday

There have been four reports of shots fired in as many days in Steubenville.

And city officials are asking for your help to bring the people responsible into custody.

The Speedway gas station on North 4th Street is the latest location of a possible shots fired investigation. Police reports indicate calls for the incident came in late Monday night. Police took off after a possible suspect, first in a vehicle, and then by foot, but they got away.

This latest investigation comes on the heels of two shots fired reports from Christmas Day.

Officers were called to the intersection of Market and 7th streets for shots fired around 4:30 in the afternoon. They collected evidence nearby, and there were no reports of injuries. And just before midnight Sunday near the 1300 block of Wellesley Avenue, a bullet grazed a 19-year-old in the ribs while he was walking down an alley. He was treated on scene, and police are looking for three suspects in this case.

Steubenville City Manager Jim Mavromatis weighed in Tuesday morning.

“Ninety-eight percent of our shootings involve criminals. The records are there,” he said. “But you have stray bullets, they can hit an innocent bystander."

In fact, on Friday morning, bullets struck a vehicle after five shots were fired from another vehicle. Casings recovered along Linden Avenue. There were no injuries reported in that incident.

But law enforcement and city leaders eager to find the person responsible.

“When we can bring them to justice -- believe me -- they will see the full weight of the law going against them, because, again, this is about keeping our city safe,” Mavromatis said.

And as law enforcement continues to investigate, they’re looking for help.

“Do not get directly involved but look, listen, and copy down what you see,” Mavromatis said. “Description of vehicles, description of suspects, time the event happened, this is very important for the officers to put the pieces back together.”

Police are following up on several leads in a few of these cases, and the investigations are ongoing.

Again anyone with information should contact police, or our Crime Busters Tipline at 1-800-862-BUST.

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