The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

March 13, 2014

No arrests in shooting

Not getting much help, police say

By Joe Wiercinski
Herald Staff Writer

SHARON — Sharon police detectives were talking to victims Wednesday while supervisors sorted through evidence collected in the aftermath of a shooting Tuesday evening.

Amy Chaplin and Dashone Conner were shot shortly before 8 p.m. at 228 Mesabi St., police Chief Mike Menster said.

Chaplin, 26, and Dashone Conner, 23, of Youngstown, were shot on the porch of her apartment. The complex is owned by Mercer County Housing Authority.

Chaplin was shot once in her left hip. Conner was shot in his left buttock and lower right leg.

“We responded to a report that multiple shots had been fired,” Menster said.

Patrolmen found Chaplin on the front porch of her residence and she was taken by ambulance to St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown.

Conner was taken by private vehicle to the hospital of Sharon Regional Health System and transferred to St. Elizabeth’s.

Both shooting victims were released from the hospital on Wednesday.

“They claim the gunman walked around the building and opened fire and ran,” Menster said. “Our detectives went (Wednesday) to get statements from them because they were being treated (Tuesday).”

Menster wouldn’t say if the victims knew the shooter or whether police knew who took Conner to the hospital.

“We’re still working on a description of the shooter and working on the motive and to identify the people involved,” Menster said.

Police had no one in custody Wednesday and had not yet sought arrest warrants for anyone, he said.

As for evidence, “there were shell casings,” Menster said, declining to say what caliber of ammunition was found.

“We collected a magazine from a pistol; it wasn’t a magazine rack,” Menster said, referring to initial police radio reports. “We collected a lot of physical evidence at the scene consisting mainly of blood evidence, ballistic type evidence and the victims’ clothing.”

Evidence is being turned over to the state police crime laboratory for analysis and police are continuing with routine investigation procedure. So far, neighbors and others who were outside during the shooting haven’t been willing to say much.

“We’re not receiving 100 percent cooperation,” Menster said.

Anyone who has information can reach police at the non-emergency number, 724-662-6110, that is answered 24 hours a day or during daytime hours at 724-983-3210.