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Frat Party Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 11 Injured in Ohio

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (The Blaze/AP) — Police say they're searching for two suspects in a shooting at an Ohio house that killed one student and injured 11 people, including six students, just north of the Youngstown State University campus.

Youngstown police Chief Jimmy Hughes says the suspected gunmen were involved in a dispute at a party hosted by the Omega Psi Phi fraternity before the shooting early Sunday morning. He says the pair left, then returned and began firing outside the house, which was crowded with 50 or more people, some as young as 17.

Police were called to the scene at 3:39 a.m. where shots had been fired "indiscriminately" from outside the house.  Authorities found multiple shell casings from two semiautomatic handguns, one a .40-caliber and the other a .45-caliber, Hughes said.

There have been no arrests made yet, but Hughes says investigators are working to positively identify the two shooters based on eyewitness accounts.  He expects to have arrest warrants by the end of the day and "hopefully, we'll have them in custody soon after that," Hughes added.

Police say the men have ties to the area, noting they are not believed to be students at the university. "There were some unhappy guests. People at the party recognized them. Two of them were ejected," the chief said.

The scene's one fatality -- 25-year-old Jamail Johnson of nearby Girard, Ohio -- was reportedly shot once in the back of the head and several times across his lower body.

A spokeswoman for the nearby St. Elizabeth Health Center said eight of the 11 who were injured were treated and released by Sunday afternoon but was unable to release the conditions of the other three.

Ohio Gov. John Kasich issued a statement saying he was "shocked and saddened" by the shooting and offered state resources to the university and law enforcement.  "I join all Ohioans in expressing my deepest sympathy to the victims, their families and to the entire university community," he said.

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