While virtually every American knows the name of deceased serial felon George Floyd, dead drug ring suspect Breonna Taylor, and the crippled accused rapist Jacob Blake, very few know the name of Roman Sweeney, the innocent four-year-old child who was brutally murdered.
A 4-year-old boy was shot and killed and four adults were wounded in a shooting that occurred early Monday at a home near the Ohio-Pennsylvania border.
The shooting occurred around 2 a.m. in the 100 block of Perry Street in Struthers, Ohio. According to witness statements, a “young, light-skinned, Black male” walked into the home and opened fire, police said. At least one of the men was shot twice in the head, another was shot at least twice in the back, and two women were shot in the “lower extremities,” according to Struthers police Chief Tim Roddy.
The child, Rowan Sweeney, died “tragically” in his mother’s arms, Chief Roddy said. The four adults — Cassandra Mariscola, 20; Alexis Schneider, 22; Yarnell Green, 20; and Andre McCoy, 20, were taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital. All four adult victims were friends, police said.
“The two males are in critical condition, but the two women are OK,” Chief Roddy said. “The suspects left prior to our arrival. We didn’t stop processing the scene probably until about 10 a.m., and we’ve been following several leads going on 14 hours. So far no suspects have been arrested.”
The victims reportedly told police they did not know the gunman, who ran away from the home. Chief Roddy said the suspect likely fled on foot. “Neighbors heard gunshots, but no one saw a vehicle driving away or anyone else,” the chief said.
He said there didn’t appear to be forced entry and that the gunman likely walked in the front door, which leads to the living room. All five victims were shot “in very close proximity to each other,” Chief Roddy said.
“[The suspect] entered and began yelling,” the chief said. “Before they had a chance to respond … he began shooting.”
Chief Roddy would not speculate about a motive for the shooting, but said there was a call about an overdose at the same address just last week.
“It was not a resident of the house,” Chief Roddy said. “The overdosing person fled while we were arriving,” but he said authorities were able to apprehend the person.
At around 8 p.m. on Monday, Chief Roddy confirmed that Kimonie Devante Bryant, 24, turned himself in to the U.S. Marshall Service, according to reporting from the Tribune Chronicle.
Bryant is facing one charge of aggravated murder, with more charges likely coming, Capt. Daniel Mamula said, and is expected to be arraigned in Struthers Municipal Court on Friday.
Although Capt. Mamula said that Bryant has “familiarity” with the victims, he did not disclose anymore information.