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Salem police probe apparent murder-suicide

Published: Sun, September 8, 2013 @ 8:36 p.m.

Salem police probe apparent murder-suicide

SALEM — The apparent murder of a 37-year-old Canfield woman in the Walmart parking lot today followed by the suicide of her estranged boyfriend happened so fast that witnesses in the victim’s car didn’t exit the vehicle before the shootings ended, police said.

“It happened very fast,” said police Detective Brad Davis of the murder-suicide. “It’s very tragic. It’s tough for the families involved; very rough.”

Charles Kropinak, 36, of Campbell, the estranged boyfriend of Sylvia Maillis of Canfield, who worked at the Salem Walmart for about eight years, was waiting for her in an employee parking lot about 2:40 a.m. today, Davis said.

They both got out of their cars, got into a verbal confrontation and Kropinak pulled out a 9mm semi-automatic handugn and fired several shots at Maillis before turning the gun on himself, likely shooting himself once, Davis said.

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1Brkfldwrrr621(12 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

What does it matter if he had a concealed carry permit or not he obviously had bad intentions if he had those intentions it wouldn't have mattered if he had a permit or not this isnt the spot to argue there are families and friends that lost loved ones.Grow up maybe if someone in the parking lot had a concealed carry permit they could have taken him out before he had the chance to shoot the poor defenseless women

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2Lifes2Short(3882 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

Tell that to her precious 9 year old daughter that she loved dearly and is without a wonderful mother now.

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3rex(65 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

We have a mental illness problem in this country NOT a gun problem. I would bet that friends/neighbors/relatives etc will have stories to tell about this man. It happens frequently when there is a shooting. People then come out and say the shooter had "problems".

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4rex(65 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

I do not believe the CCW background check cross references with mental health records just criminal records. (Someone may correct me on this. ) Plus family/friends/neighbors are reluctant to report mental illnesses. Who to report it to- how to get them off the streets? Should we ban alcohol to eliminate drunk driving? Or do we ban the cars. Religious fanatics regularly slaughter millions, do we ban religion? I should not have my rights violated because of the actions of mentally ill individuals.

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5rex(65 comments)posted 2 years, 9 months ago

You misunderstand my purpose completely! I do not want understanding for this man. I just don't want people jumping on the "ban all guns" bandwagon because of him. My only goal is to focus on the real problem; mental illness. I mean no disrespect to a grieving family.

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