EAST LIVERPOOL - The vehicle of a Saint George Street man whose brother and father have both been shot in recent incidents was burned early Thursday morning, with an apparent attempt to also ignite his house.
City police reported that a fire bomb was thrown just before 2 a.m. onto a vehicle owned by Richard P. Austin, 23, 1016 Saint George St., with the perpetrator fleeing east in a vehicle of unknown description.
The fire department responded, as did police, finding the vehicle engulfed in flames, and officers reported Thursday afternoon it was a complete loss.
Officers searched the area but found no one, but a subsequent investigation later in the day on Thursday turned up a second incendiary device near the front step of the house, which they said appeared to have been an attempt to set the house on fire.
People, including a child, were inside the home at the time, although officers were uncertain if Austin was inside.
On Sept. 9, police were called to the same address by Austin's father, who reported between six and 10 shots had been fired into the home, with officers discovering numerous bullet holes from what seemed to be a "decent-sized caliber" weapon. No one was hurt in that incident.
The elder Austin also was the victim of a shooting at the Hideaway Bar on May 25, 2010, when he was shot in the buttocks, police have reported.
His other son, Tyler Austin, 22, was the victim of a shooting this past July on Pennsylvania Avenue which resulted in a wound to his torso.