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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown police have arrested the man they believe is responsible for a shooting that killed a woman while she held an infant on the city's north side Tuesday.

21 News was first on the scene as Willie Wilks, Jr., 41, was arrested Wednesday afternoon after a pursuit in which two officers were injured.

The suspect was captured after a brief pursuit through the Rockford Village housing area on Victor Street. Police were on the look out a silver van registered to the suspect.

Officers in an un-marked car spotted the van on the city's south side and followed the suspect to Rockford Village where they turned on their lights and siren.

"And as soon as we did, that's when he took off on us, came over to this area here, and a foot pursuit ensued over a fence and into the woods, and we apprehended him," says Gerard Slattery of the SWAT Team.

They say Wilkes offered no other resistance and was transported to the Youngstown Detective Division for questioning. A gun was recovered from the van.

"There is one weapon in the vehicle and we're waiting for the crime lab to come right now to take charge of that," said Slattery.

They say the weapon is a semi-automatic hand gun.

Police suspect Wilks to be the person who walked up to this house on Park Avenue Tuesday afternoon and fired shots that killed 20-year-old Ororo Wilkins and wounded 24-year-old Alexander Morales Jr.

Wilkins was sitting on the front porch holding a five-month-old baby. Police say Wilkins was not the intended target of shooter, and her grandmother believes Wilkins saved the baby from being hit.

"She turned her back to try to save the baby," says Hattie Wilkins.

The grandmother says they hope to set up a memorial fund for Ororo Wilkins.

"My granddaughter doesn't have any insurance and I'm asking for any and everybody, no what size the donation, to help us bury her," says Hattie Wilkins.

Wilkes is facing charges of aggravated murder and attempted aggravated murder.

 

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