Youngstown's police chief is discouraging "street justice" after the city's most recent homicide.

Chief Carl Davis and Mayor Tito Brown called a news conference Thursday to address the violence in the city.

Davis brought up Tuesday's deadly shooting outside of Savo Bar and Grille that left Abdul Muhammad dead and another man hurt. Davis says Muhammad had two outstanding murder warrants.

The circumstances surrounding the shooting are still under investigation but Davis discouraged "street justice mentality."

Davis says these types of conflicts are never settled for good with each new attack generating a counter-attack. He says this results in a deepening cycle of instability and violence.

"Mayor Brown and I continue to call upon those who are committing these crimes to stop what they are doing and think about the consequences these actions have on the entire community," Davis said.

According to Davis, these violent crimes are a result of only a small number of individuals that officials are looking to identify and apprehend.

To address the violence, Davis says he recently sat down with one of Governor Mike DeWine's senior advisors to help get these individuals off the street.

Davis says the state is eager to help the city with on-site assistance, identifying subjects, securing grants to expand or enhance the ShotSpotter program as well as the funding of body cameras to equip all Youngstown officers with one.

Mayor Tito Brown added that 27 city mayors across the nation sent a letter to President Joe Biden, asking him to take further steps at the federal level to combat gun violence.

Brown says the president responded with the following initiatives:
-Stem the flow of firearms used to commit violence, including by holding rogue firearms dealers accountable for violating federal laws
-Support local law enforcement with federal tools and resources to help address summer violent crime
-Invest in evidence-based community violence interventions
-Expand summer programming, employment opportunities and other services and supports for teenagers and young adults
-Help formerly incarcerated individuals successfully reenter their communities.

"We are appreciative of the clergy, our local and civic leadership, our residents, everyone who's gotten involved, but we have to do more," Brown said. "We have to continue to reach out to those young men and women that are out there and let them know violence is not the answer."

Brown says he will continue to work with and support the United States Conference of Mayors. Brown was recently appointed to the Ohio Mayors Alliance Board.