Po­lice re­port an­other mur­der

Vet­eran from South Carolina is the sev­enth homi­cide vic­tim in Coatesville this year

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

COATESVILLE >> City po­lice are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the homi­cide of a vet­eran.

Coatesville po­lice were dis­patched Mon­day at about 6:35 p.m. to the area of Bel­mont Street and White Al­ley for a re­port of a per­son shot. Upon ar­rival, po­lice found a man suf­fer­ing from gun­shot wounds in the 600 block of Bel­mont Street. Po­lice iden­ti­fied the vic­tim as Kevin Paul Jal­bert, 36, of South Carolina.

Po­lice said Jal­bert was trans­ported by am­bu­lance to Paoli Hospi­tal where he later died from his in­juries. He was the sev­enth per­son mur­dered this year in Coatesville.

Po­lice said Jal­bert was re­cently dis­charged from the Coatesville Vet­er­ans Af­fairs Med­i­cal Cen­ter hospi­tal in Caln.

Po­lice said sev­eral city res­i­dents wit­nessed the shoot­ing. Au­thor­i­ties ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact the po­lice depart­ment. Ad­di­tion­ally, po­lice ask that any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the three homi­cides last week to come for­ward with in­for­ma­tion.

The Coatesville Po­lice Depart­ment and the Ch­ester County De­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing this homi­cide. They do not be­lieve it has any con­nec­tion to the homi­cides last week. De­tec­tives,

how­ever, are in­ves­ti­gat­ing to de­ter­mine whether there is any con­nec­tion be­tween the dou­ble homi­cide that oc­curred a day be­fore the city’s sixth homi­cide last week.

Po­lice said David Wayne Fitzsim­mons, 56, of Coatesville, and Wil­liam Chance, 46, of Philadel­phia and Coatesville, were both shot and killed at 3:21 a.m. Sept. 28 in the 500 block of East Lin­coln High­way. Po­lice said they dis­cov­ered a con­trolled sub­stance and drug para­pher­na­lia in­side the apart­ment.

Coatesville po­lice re­sponded at 5:08 a.m. Sept. 29 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 died from his in­juries.

No ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion was avail­able about the homi­cides that oc­curred last week.

Po­lice ar­rested an as­so­ci­ate of the vic­tim in each of the first three homi­cides this year.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors ask any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact Coatesville Po­lice Depart­ment de­tec­tives at 610384-2300 or Ch­ester County De­tec­tives at 610-344-6866. Anony­mous tips can be sub­mit­ted via text mes­sage to TIP411 (847411) with key word “Coatesville” or by down­load­ing the Coatesville Po­lice Mo­bile Phone App.

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