WASHINGTON, Pa. — Police in Washington County are investigating two shooting scenes they believe are connected.
Emergency officials confirmed to Channel 11 the coroner was called Tuesday to a fatal shooting in Washington. The shooting scene was outside a Family Dollar store on Highland Avenue.
The coroner said Darnell Brown, 41, was found shot and killed in the parking lot outside the store around 4:30 p.m.
Here is a map showing the location of the scene in Washington:
Police said it appears the shooting was targeted.
Brown’s girlfriend and her six children, all under the age of 9, were in an SUV at the time of the shooting.
According to police, the suspect, 36-year-old Zackory Sadler, and Brown’s girlfriend have a child together. Children of both Sadler and Brown were in the SUV.
Brown was shot as he walked out of the dollar store. Police said Sadler was waiting for him and fired at least two rounds, one of which hit Brown in the head, from a car.
“My brother was just murdered and the killer is still on the loose. I’m worried about my other family right now because this man has threatened all of us,” Nyieka Speer, Brown’s sister, said. “We already lost a brother in 2009, and this is just really hard for me.”
A second shooting happened in Donora on Heslep Avenue, nearly 30 miles away. It happened at the house of an ex-girlfriend of Sadler. A man was shot in the leg and foot. He was airlifted to a nearby hospital.
Here is a map showing this reported shooting scene in Donora:
Investigators are searching for Sadler in connection with both shootings.
He was driving a stolen 2013 black BMW with red and green stripes on the front, according to police. Officials confirm to Channel 11 that that car was found on Wednesday in West Alexander.
Police said Sadler has a history of firearms violations and is well-known to law enforcement.
If you see the car or Sadler, you’re asked to call police.
Sadler faces charges of criminal homicide, reckless endangerment and firearms violations.
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