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LIBERTY — Township police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation continue to piece together details of a Friday afternoon shooting in which two people were wounded in a busy intersection, blocking rush-hour traffic and closing an exit off Interstate 80 for several hours.

The man who police say initiated the incident — Kevin Mallard of Manhattan Avenue, Youngstown — was listed as hospitalized in stable condition Monday afternoon.

According to a news release from Liberty police Capt. Ray Buhala, charges of attempted murder, felonious assault, inducing panic, carrying concealed weapons and improper handling of firearms in a motor vehicle were filed against Mallard on Monday in Girard Municipal Court. A court spokeswoman said no arraignment date has been set for Mallard.

According to 911 reports, Mallard fired a weapon about 3 pm near the intersection of Belmont Avenue and East Liberty Street at a driver of a Mercedes. The car ended up crashing into a curb just north of the intersection.

A police officer on patrol happened upon the scene and chased Mallard’s Humvee west about half a block, where a shootout between the Mallard and police took place in front of a plaza near the Interstate 80 exit ramp and East Liberty Street, according to police reports. Mallard was wounded, but no officers were hit, according to Buhala.

The captain said BCI is handling investigation of the shootout because local police were involved.

The driver of the Mercedes — Zachary Woods, 20, of Burton Street SE, Warren — was listed in serious condition Monday at St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, Buhala stated. Reports state Woods was shot in the face.

Multiple police agencies were called to the scene. Belmont Avenue was closed to traffic at the intersection for more than four hours as investigators combed the area for shell casings, interviewed witnesses and gathered other evidence.

Many of the police officers directed traffic on Belmont Avenue, diverting vehicles away from the shooting scene.

The Mercedes remained in place with a passenger door open for several hours until it was hauled away on a flatbed truck shortly before 7 pm

A 911 caller claimed she saw a man walk up to a car and shoot the driver in the face. The shooter was described as wearing a dark-colored shirt, ball cap and black leather gloves.

In the shootout with police, witnesses reported hearing a volley of dozens of shots. Several witnesses videoed the shootout and sent it to police and / or posted it on social media.

State investigators made it to the scene by 4:50 pm, a report states. The Trumbull County Homicide Task Force was activated by the prosecutor’s office. In addition to Liberty police, assisting at the scene were officers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office, and police from Vienna, Howland, Weathersfield, Brookfield, Hubbard City, Lordstown, Warren City, Warren Township and Cortland.

Belmont Avenue was opened in both directions by 7:45 pm, the 911 report states.

Steven Irwin, for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, said Monday afternoon he had no additional information to release.

“BCI’s investigation into the officer-involved shooting remains active and ongoing,” Irwin said.

Once completed, Irwin stated BCI’s investigation will be forwarded to the county prosecutor’s office.

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