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April 15, 2014

No suspects in Moxham shooting

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown police are searching for the person who shot and killed one man Sunday morning in Moxham and wounded another man.

Zachary G. Andrews, 21, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and head inside a duplex in the 700 block of Grove Avenue, Chief Deputy Coroner Jeffrey Lees said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:28 a.m., Lees said.

A second victim was being treated at Memorial Medical Center on Monday for wounds not thought to be life threatening, police Chief Craig Foust said.

His name has not been released.

The wounded man was interviewed at the hospital and is cooperating with the investigation, Foust said.

It’s not clear who killed Andrews, police said.

“There is nothing to indicated they were shooting at each other,” Foust said. ”We have no suspects and no motive.”

Police believe robbery or burglary was not a motive in the the slaying of Andrews, a 2010 Greater Johnstown High School graduate.

“We don’t believe this was a random act,” Foust said. “We’re in the process of running down some individuals who may have some knowledge of the incident.”

City police, state police from Greensburg and members of the Safe Streets Task Force are investigating the shootings.

Police recovered a gun from the residence but don’t believe it is linked to the shootings. Police would not say what caliber of gun was used in the shootings.

Bullets recovered during the autopsy of Andrews were turned over to police, Lees said.

High school Principal Michael Vuckovich offered condolences to the Andrews family.

“It’s a sad day anytime a life is ended unexpectedly,” Vuckovich said.

“He was a former student who had the rest of his life ahead of him. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”

The homicide is the third in Johnstown this year. Last year there were seven homicides.

Patrol officers were called to the hospital around 6 a.m. for a shooting victim before getting a call for shots fired on Grove Avenue, Foust said.

When they arrived at Grove Avenue, they found Andrews lying on the first floor. Police continued Monday to process the crime scene looking for blood evidence.

Police are asking residents who might have video of the area to contact them at 800-281-1680.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter with The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on

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