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CANFIELD SHOOTING Evidence points to suicide



Published: Sat, February 23, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



The evidence suggests the man and woman were shot with the same gun, the police chief says.

CANFIELD -- Evidence from the preliminary investigation leans toward suicide in the shooting death of a 19-year-old Youngstown man Friday afternoon in the Carriage Hill Apartments on Fairground Boulevard, the police chief said.

A 21-year-old woman occupying the apartment was wounded by gunfire.

Steven M. Kilcoyne, 19, of Columbia Street, was found dead at the scene, having suffered a gunshot wound to the head, but Police Chief David Blystone said a determination as to who fired the gun can't be made until lab tests are completed.

Michelle E. Fuqua, who suffered a gunshot wound to her left arm, was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where she was being interviewed by police, and a hospital official said she'd be treated and released.

Shot with same gun: The shooting occurred about 12:20 p.m. in Apt. No. 104 of Building 380, and Blystone said the evidence suggests both were shot with the same gun after an argument.

Based on their preliminary investigation, police believe Kilcoyne fired the bullet, which traveled through his head and lodged in Fuqua's arm, Sgt. Charles Colucci said Friday evening.

Police recovered a handgun, apparently .38-caliber, with one spent round, Blystone said, adding that he did not know the nature of the relationship between Kilcoyne and Fuqua.

The case is being investigated by Frank DeMain, Mahoning County coroner's investigator.

Carriage Hill includes several buildings, and few people were home in building 380 after police left. Steve Futey, 20, who lives two stories above No. 104, said he left the apartments to go to the mall about 11:45 a.m.

When he returned, he found the parking lot clogged with police and emergency crews.

"I couldn't even get into this section [of the lot]," he said, adding that he didn't know the victims. Futey said his mother was home around the time of the shooting. However, he said she didn't hear a gunshot.

Futey noted that most residents of the building were senior citizens. He also said that crime is not a problem in the Carriage Hill complex, and he often sees police patrolling the area at night.

"I've never had a problem at all ... I feel safe around here," he said. "Canfield's a good place to live."




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