Editor’s Note: This story corrects for the victim’s age.
WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Detectives continue to investigate leads leading to the city’s ninth murder this year. Now both police and a city prosecutor are asking people who sell items online to meet in well-lit public places to do internet sales fairs.
An internet sale ended fatally in Warren.
Caller: “I’m pretty sure I just heard gunshots because they were pretty fast and didn’t sound like fireworks.”
Caller: “I just heard five or six gunshots in the Maryland area.”
Mye’Zavier Cannady, 16, was murdered around 5:30 p.m. Friday night, according to police
Investigators say the Brunswick teenager and two adults traveled to an address on Ogden Avenue NW to sell a PlayStation. As they were about to hand inspectors over, the suspects pulled out a gun and the driver of the vehicle Cannady was in drove away.
“Multiple shots were fired at the vehicle and the victim was hit multiple times,” Warren Police Capt. Robert Massucci said.
Capt. Massucci said a Warren police officer was working at a nearby apartment complex when the officer heard the gunshots. The driver of the vehicle in which Cannady hit the officer said someone in the car had been shot. The officer followed the vehicle to Trumbull Regional Medical Center, where Cannady was pronounced dead.
“This child was 16 years old. He didn’t deserve that for a video game,” said Capt. Massucci.
“The mentality that we can pull the trigger and take lives over anything and nothing is just outrageous and terrifying,” said Traci Timko, Warren’s associate legal director.
Investigators say a number of internet sales have gone awry and are encouraging people to use safe exchange zones like those at the Warren Police Department to hopefully prevent a tragedy like this in the future.
“We’d like to think that if you’re under cameras in the police department parking lot, you’re less likely to be robbed and shot,” Timko said.
At this time, the suspects are unknown, but investigators are continuing to investigate.
“We have some leads on this case, so I think it’s possible we can solve this,” said Capt. Massucci.