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Hearing delayed for suspect in Campbell shooting spree

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CAMPBELL, Ohio - Tuesday's scheduled hearing for the suspect in Saturday's shooting that sent five people to the hospital, including himself, has been delayed.

23-year-old Devin Spann was scheduled to appear in Campbell Municipal court at 9 a.m. to face charges of four counts of felonious assault, and eight counts of aggravated arson.

However, Spann was still hospitalized at the time, recovering from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound.

Police say Spann left a note proclaiming that he intended to inflict harm on those close to him before shooting members of his family and setting fire to mattress at their 7th Street home.

"We had a 23-year-old attempt to murder most of his family on Saturday. He shot four of them, set fire to the residence, and yes there is a note left that proclaims some of his intent to exact revenge and violence against his family," says Campbell Police Interim Chief, Sergeant Drew Rauzan.

Police also released the names of the victims:

  • Roland Avis, age 62; Shot in the upper torso.
  • Mary Lynette Spann, age 43; Shot in the upper torso
  • Gerald Robinson, age 29; Shot in the left forearm
  • Carmen Figueroa, age 24; Shot in the upper torso

Three young girls ages 8, 6 and 3, were also in the home.

When police arrived the children were standing, crying over two of the victims in an upstairs bedroom, but the children were unharmed.

Spann has a prior criminal record, including arrests for possession of drugs and carrying a concealed weapon.

However, investigators are still trying to determine what led him to shoot his own grandmother, and other family members, and then set mattresses on fire with gasoline, with the shooting victims and young children still inside.

"There were children in this home, that a fire was set outside the door to the room they were in," Rauzan says.

Now the Interim Chief of Police, as well as Mayor William Vansuch, are praising the heroic efforts of all the officers who responded within just one minute of receiving a 911 call.

There were three Campbell Police officers on duty who responded, with back-up from two Struthers Police officers.

The Interim Chief and Mayor have special praise for the first patrol officer on the scene, Campbell Police Patrolman Mitch Zupko.

Officer Zupko rushed into the home to help administer first aid to the shooting victims and reassured them more help was on the way.

He also helped put out the fire, and continued to assist in the suspect's arrest.

Patrolman Zupko says he was just doing his job.

"Instinct. Don't even think, just react, and do what you can. There was one female victim who was having trouble breathing, so a female paramedic from Life Fleet asked me to put the oxygen mask on her, and I was trying to get her to calm down. I hope it helped," Zupko says.

Spann was located on Warhurst Road.  He is under guard at Saint Elizabeth's Hospital for wounds to the chest.

 

 

 

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