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July 27, 2013

Shooting victim dies

JOHNSTOWN — The victim of Wednesday’s shooting in the West End section of Johnstown has died.

Leslie W. Schetrompf, 37, died at 3:27 p.m. Saturday in the intensive care unit of Memorial Medical Center in Johnstown, Cambria County Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Lees said.

Lees said Schetrompf, from the Roxbury section of the city, died from exsanguination – massive blood loss.

The death is ruled a homicide, Lees said.

An autopsy is scheduled for today.

Lemmel Dashawn Myers, 27, is accused of shooting Schetrompf in the right leg inside an apartment building in the 100 block of Fairfield Avenue.

Myers had been charged with aggravated assault. The charge is expected to be upgraded to homicide.

“After the autopsy, if the coroner determines that it is in fact the cause of death, the district attorney’s office would then move to amend the charges to include homicide,” Assistant District Attorney Beth Bolton Penna said.

A news conference will be held Monday, she said.

City Councilwoman Rose Howarth reacted to the news of Schetrompf’s death.

“This is a tragedy,” she said. “There’s no easy answer, but something has to be done.”

Authorities say the murder underscores the epidemic of violence that plagues the city.

The killing now makes the sixth homicide being prosecuted in Cambria County this year, District Attorney Kelly Callihan said.

Three other murders remain unsolved.

“These kinds of numbers are alarming,” she said. “We have to continue to search for ways to stop the violence.”

Police say Myers allegedly shot Schetrompf after he and his girlfriend tried to collect a $20 debt.

The woman and Schetrompf fled the scene in her vehicle but then stopped in the Giant Eagle parking lot on Broad Street to call police.

He was taken to the hospital, where he had emergency surgery.

Police apprehended Myers at the scene after evacuating the building. They seized a large amount of heroin, money, ammunition and an additional firearm.

“I would hope some of the evidence seized from the apartment building would help to stop other crimes,” Howarth said.

State corrections officials said Myers was on state parole for drug crimes in Blair County and was wearing an ankle monitoring bracelet at the time. He is being held in the Cambria County Prison.

A convicted felon wanted in North Carlina also has been charged in connection with the shooting.

Leon Dorel Currence, 25, allegedly was in possession of the handgun used in the shooting. Currence fled North Carolina before finishing two years probation for a 2008 conviction on larceny and breaking and entering, He also is being held in the Cambria County Prison.

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