Monday, July 26, 2010

Erie, PA: Woman shot, killed in Erie

A woman is dead and her boyfriend jailed after a weekend shooting on Erie's west side.

The victim's name wasn't released Sunday.

The man, Mark A. Warner, 35, was being held in Erie County Prison on charges including homicide.

The shooting happened Sunday a little after 3:30 a.m. at 523 W. 17th St.

A call about a female who wasn't breathing came in to the Erie County 911 Center at 3:34 a.m., a dispatcher said.

Erie police said the shooting appears to have occurred during a domestic dispute between a boyfriend and girlfriend. Police believe the woman was killed in the driveway of the house, where they said Warner lived upstairs.

He was located later Sunday in a car in Cambridge Springs, Erie police said.

Warner was taken into custody by state police from Meadville and brought to Erie, where he was charged and then arraigned by Erie 4th Ward District Judge Tom Robie, authorities said.

Details about Warner's arrest weren't available from state police.

Besides homicide, Warner was charged with assault, recklessly endangering another person and possessing an instrument of crime, police said.

An autopsy was performed on the woman Sunday, Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook said.

He said she suffered a single gunshot wound. Cook wouldn't say where on her body the woman was shot.

The coroner also wouldn't release her name, pending notification of family, or other details about the shooting.

"Police are still working on it," Cook said Sunday.

Erie police were releasing little information, although they had remained at the house throughout the day and had obtained a search warrant for it Sunday afternoon.

Two police cruisers were parked in front while investigators searched inside and out.

Yellow crime tape stretched across the front and back of a driveway to a residence on the west side. Police were examining several areas, including around a tow truck parked near the rear of the house.

Neighbors outside across the street said they hadn't seen or heard anything when the shooting happened.

Cook said the victim died at the scene of the shooting and was pronounced dead Sunday at 4:40 a.m. by Erie County Deputy Coroner Dennis Suscheck.

Cook said he will be meeting today with police and Erie County District Attorney Jack Daneri and that more information will likely be available after that.

DANA MASSING can be reached at 870-1729 or by e-mail.

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