One killed early Sunday. Chief says a bullet also nearly struck a woman sleeping in a neighboring house.
Numerous gunshots fired outside of a west Erie apartment house where a house party was taking place early Sunday killed one man, injured a second man and came close to striking a woman sleeping in a neighboring house, Erie Police Chief Dan Spizarny said Monday.
Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook on Monday identified the person who was killed as Dayquan Holloway, 25.
The shots were fired from multiple weapons by unknown suspects who appear to have been outside of 815 Walnut St. when the shooting broke out at about 12:30 a.m. Sunday, Spizarny said.
He said detectives investigating are attempting to locate any surveillance video from security cameras in the area, and they are working to identify and speak to those in attendance at the house party in an effort to identify those responsible for the gunfire.
Police had no suspects in the shooting Monday.
The two men who were shot had arrived at the residence when the shooters opened fire as the pair approached the first-floor apartment where the party was taking place, according to Spizarny.
Holloway was pronounced dead at the scene by Erie County Deputy Coroner John Maloney at 1:30 a.m. Sunday. The other man was shot in the leg and was treated and released from the hospital, according to investigators.
One of the bullets fired by the suspects went through the wall of a house to the north of 815 Walnut St., and the bullet was found in the vicinity of a bed where a woman was sleeping, Spizarny said.
Investigators said there were about 25 to 30 people inside the apartment when the shooting occurred. Multiple people in the residence fled to the basement to hide, and they were still coming out of the house when the first police officers arrived on scene, Spizarny said.
"They were waiting for the police to get there for safety," he said.
Spizarny said police have received little information about what had happened from the people who were at the apartment. Detectives are trying to identify and locate the people who were at the party and are canvassing the neighborhood for any surveillance video, he said.
Investigators said Monday afternoon that they have received and reviewed some surveillance video but were continuing their search for more.
Police also continued to hold the Walnut Street residence where the shooting occurred as a crime scene on Monday and were searching it for evidence.
Spizarny would not comment Monday on whether police believe the shooting was gang-related.
The autopsy for Holloway is scheduled for Thursday, according to the Erie County Coroner’s Office. If the death is ruled a homicide following the autopsy, it will be the eighth homicide in Erie and 11th in Erie County so far this year.
There were 10 homicides in Erie County, with nine occurring in the city, in 2019.
The shooting occurred days after Spizarny revealed that incidents of gun violence in the city have increased this year over 2019. He outlined the rising numbers during Mayor Joe Schember’s weekly news conference on Thursday as he announced that the city is receiving a state grant to hire a civilian intelligence analyst.
"We noted last week that the numbers are rising and we are concerned. This, obviously, again resulting in a homicide, is a top priority for us to investigate and try to solve," Spizarny said Monday. "This neighbor was nearly missed by one of those rounds. Just a neighbor in bed who could have easily been a victim of this crime. We need to do all we can to stop this gun violence."
Anyone with information that could assist in the investigation is asked to call Detective Sgt. Michael Hertel at 870-1260, Detective Sgt. Craig Stoker at 870-1506 or Detective Sgt. Donald Dacus at 870-1333.
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