Published On: Thu, Nov 8th, 2018

Ohio triple homicide: Edward Morris, Valarcia Blair and 3-month-old Tariq Morris shot and killed in car

Youngstown police in Ohio have identified the three victims killed in a car Wednesday night as Edward Morris, Valarcia Blair and 3-month-old Tariq Morris.

Tariq Morris and Valarcia Blair

The Mahoning County Coroner’s Office on Thursday identified the shooting victims as police explained that multiple shell casings from an assault weapon and a handgun were recovered from the area.

Edward Morris, 21, was found dead at the scene as Blair, 19, was rushed to the hospital with the baby, but both passed.

“We tried to get the baby to the hospital as soon as possible,” Youngstown Detective Lt. Doug Bobovnyik said.

According to WKBN-TV, officers found a silver Saturn SUV riddled with bullet holes at the corner of Gibson Street and E. Pasadena Avenue.

During a press conference Thursday afternoon, Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown, Police Chief Robin Lees and others spoke at a press conference, confirming that Morris was the target of the attack.

“It was pretty clearly an ambush,” Lees said.

Police said they believe he had a violent criminal history and a previous arrest record.

Investigators are reportedly looking to question a person of interest. WKBN reports that he is charged in an unrelated incident.

“We are just really looking for anyone who knows anything. Right now, we haven’t had any witnesses that have come forward that saw anything. We are going through the crime scene. It’s early in the investigation,” Bobovnyik said.

Police didn’t provide any additional details on the shooting.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crimestoppers Youngstown at 330-746-CLUE (2583).

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