2 men charged in deadly Washington County double shooting

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Pa. — Pennsylvania State Police held a press conference Monday, providing an update into a deadly double shooting in Washington County.

Annalaya Wilkerson, 18, was killed and another 17-year-old girl was hurt in a shooting on a rural road in South Franklin Township around 11 p.m. on April 13.

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Affidavits sent to Channel 11 before the press conference show two men were charged in the shooting: Karon Whitlock, 20, and Windale Barfield Jr., 19. Both men are facing criminal homicide, attempted criminal homicide and aggravated assault charges.

The complaint alleges the girl who survived the shooting was able to identify the shooter to 911 personnel and first responders, saying “Winnie” when asked who did this to her. Police later learned “Winnie” is Barnfield and the complaint states he used to date Annalaya.

The surviving girl also told 911 operators, “We were driving in the car and he pulled over to walk to the house and he shot us.”

Trooper Rocco Gagliardi says police don’t know exactly what happened in the car but says “something had to happen in that vehicle.”

“The girls got picked up from the Red Roof Inn in Washington County and they entered the vehicle with those two males at that point that’s where we’re still trying to continue this investigation because we have that blank area of what happened in the car that the girls had to exit,” Gagliardi said.

The shooting shocked the small community near where the violence took place. Both Pennsylvania State Police and Washington County District Attorney stressed in the week following the shooting that they weren’t going to give up on the investigation, even amidst unusual circumstances.

“The other one was actually able to crawl towards the shoulder and seek help from the individuals who heard the gunshots,” Gagliardi said.

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Annalaya’s mom told Channel 11 her daughter was “...was just full of life. Always smiling, just a beautiful soul. She could make you laugh.”

Both men have been charged, but are not in police custody yet. Troopers are hopeful they’ll turn themselves in. Meantime, the 17-year-old remains in the hospital recovering from her injuries.

Anyone with information on Barfield and Whitlock should call PSP Washington at 724-223-5200.

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