The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 13, 2010

Shooting ruled suicide

Danville shooting ruled a suicide

DANVILLE — A housing complex resident, confined to a wheelchair, apparently shot himself to death Thursday afternoon on his front porch.

Montour County Coroner Scott Lynn said Thursday night that the death was ruled a suicide. He said the man shot himself in the head with a .380 handgun. Lynn said he was attempting to notify next-of-kin Thursday night.

Police were called to 60 Beaver Place at about 3 p.m. after another housing complex resident reported hearing a gunshot.

The female neighbor called the nearby office of the Montour County Housing Authority, which manages the homes at Beaver Place.

The woman, who lives catercorner from where the man lived, didn't want to be identified. She said the man used to visit her home and sit and talk. She knew only his first name.

The man's home had a wooden ramp leading to the porch and front door.

Lynn was at the scene but unavailable to comment at the time. He left in a Danville ambulance. Three Danville ambulances were on the scene, along with Danville and Mahoning Township police.

The Montour County Sheriff's Office blocked streets in the housing complex. Police kept people away by stringing yellow "police line do not cross" tape in the area of the shooting.

Danville police Chief Eric Gill said he believed the victim was in his 50s.

He and Sgt. William Wilt III didn't know what type of gun was used.

The man's home, with a red brick facing, and the home of a woman next door were connected. The woman next door was sleeping at the time and didn't hear anything, a relative said. The relative didn't want to identify her.

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