Mother killed in city shooting
Man also shot. Not believed to be a random incident, police say. By Ad Crable, Staff Writer firstname.lastname@example.org
A 21-year-old mother of two was killed and a man wounded in an early Saturday morning shooting under investigation by city police.
The shooting occurred around 4:40 a.m. Saturday at Lancaster Court Apartments at Wabank Road and Hershey Avenue. Police were called to a report of five shots being fired.
Shadae Taylor-Brooks was found dead at the scene, police said in a press release.
City police said the man shot was also a resident of the same apartment complex. The man was taken to a hospital, underwent surgery and is listed in serious but stable condition, according to police, who did not release his identity.
Sandy Lara, the property manager, said police told her the man was shot and went next door, banging on doors for help.
Later, police found Taylor-Brooks dead in her one-bedroom, third-floor apartment, Lara said.
"At this point, it is not believed that there is a danger to the community, and there are no indications that this was a random attack,'' police said when asked Saturday night if there was a gunman at large.
Lara said one of the victim's two young sons was found in the apartment. Lancaster County Children and Youth Agency was called to the scene, she said.
A woman who worked with Taylor-Brooks said she was employed as a nursing assistant at Golden Living Center, a nursing home on North Duke Street.
"She was a great person and a wonderful mother," said the woman, who did not want to give her name.
Taylor-Brooks had given notice that she would be moving out of her apartment there by the end of the month, Lara said.
Police investigators could be seen Saturday afternoon on the roof of the apartment complex and shaking bushes outside the entrance.
Lara said police viewed footage from security cameras.
A man who lived in the complex said he heard shouting and an apparent argument in the parking lot early in the morning.
Sgt. Richard Cosmore said Saturday morning that the injuries of the man who was shot did not appear to be life-threatening.
County coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said Saturday evening that an autopsy would be performed on the victim Monday. Because there is a criminal investigation, he said he could not comment further.
Police said Saturday night that they were interviewing multiple witnesses and conducting a neighborhood canvas to determine what took place.n