Po­lice probe an­other homi­cide

Coatesville de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing if Thurs­day killing is con­nected to the dou­ble mur­der on Wed­nes­day

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

The Coatesville Po­lice De­part­ment is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the sixth homi­cide in the city that oc­curred early Thurs­day morn­ing — a day af­ter a dou­ble homi­cide.

Coatesville po­lice re­sponded Thurs­day at about 5:08 a.m. to the area of Mo­dena Al­ley and Willow Al­ley for a re­port of shots fired. Upon ar­rival, po­lice ob­served a vic­tim ly­ing in the al­ley­way suf­fer­ing from gun­shot wounds.

Po­lice iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Da­mon Eric Wylie, 50, of Coatesville. Po­lice said Wylie was trans­ported from the scene by am­bu­lance to Paoli Hos­pi­tal where he later suc­cumbed to his in­juries.

De­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing whether there is any con­nec­tion be­tween this homi­cide and the dou­ble homi­cide that oc­curred al­most 24 hours ear­lier on Wed­nes­day. Both in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing.

Po­lice were dis­patched to the 500 block of East Lin­coln High­way for a re­port of shots fired on Wed­nes­day at 3:21 a.m. Upon ar­rival, po­lice said they lo­cated David Wayne Fitzsim­mons, 56, of Coatesville, in the back of an apart­ment, dead from an ap­par­ent gun­shot wound.

Po­lice said they also lo­cated Wil­liam Chance, 46, of Philadel­phia and Coatesville, who suf­fered from a gun­shot wound. He was trans­ported by am­bu­lance to Paoli Hos­pi­tal where he later suc­cumbed to his in­juries. Po­lice said they re­port­edly dis­cov­ered a con­trolled sub­stance and drug para­pher­na­lia in­side the apart­ment.

“Once again, we will at­tribute prob­a­ble cause of the homi­cide to the vi­o­lent drug trade that still seems to af­fect the city of Coatesville,” Po­lice Chief John “Jack” Laufer said on Wed­nes­day in an in­ter­view with the Daily Lo­cal News.

No ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion was avail­able on Thurs­day about the

re­cent string of homi­cides. There were no homi­cides in the city in 2013 and 2014. The first homi­cide since 2012 oc­curred in Oc­to­ber 2015. Po­lice made ar­rests in the first three homi­cides this year in Coatesville. Ac­cord­ing to po­lice, those ar­rested were an as­so­ciate of the vic­tim.

The first homi­cide this year be­gan as a rob­bery of an as­so­ciate. A shoot­ing claimed the life of a 22-year-old Philadel­phia man on March 5. He was at­tend­ing col­lege in Coatesville and killed off cam­pus.

The sec­ond homi­cide in the city this year was a stab­bing on May 11 that took the life of a 55-yearold Coatesville man. An as­so­ciate of his was ar­rested for homi­cide. Po­lice also in­ves­ti­gated two shoot­ings that month.

The third homi­cide oc­curred on Aug. 26 when a 24-year-old man from Pottstown was shot 11 times, shortly af­ter leav­ing the area where the vic­tim con­versed with the al­leged sus­pect. Po­lice said wit­nesses said the sus­pect al­legedly sold drugs in the area. The re­la­tion­ship be­tween the vic­tim and the man ar­rested for homi­cide was un­clear.

Po­lice ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the lat­est homi­cides to con­tact De­tec­tive Kevin Camp­bell at the Coatesville Po­lice De­part­ment at 610-3842300 or Ch­ester County De­tec­tives at 610-3446866. Anony­mous tips can be sub­mit­ted via text mes­sage to TIP411 (847411) with the key word “Coatesville” or by down­load­ing the Coatesville Po­lice Mo­bile Phone App. Visit Daily Lo­cal News staff writer Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar’s blog about jour­nal­ism and vol­un­teer­ing as a fire­fighter at Fire­fight­erGinger.blogspot.com.

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