Man involved in Feb. shooting in Howland, woman found dead


Staff report

MCDONALD

A man involved in a double fatal shooting Feb. 25 at Nasser Hamad’s Howland home and a woman died Saturday afternoon in a McDonald home in the 600 block of West Second Street.

Officials were not available to confirm that information or provide details, but a Trumbull County 911 Center was advised at 5:10 p.m. that the county coroner’s office “took the bodies” from the scene.

The male victim, according to the 911 report, is Bryce Dean Hendrickson of Dawson Drive Southeast, Howland, who was one of three injured in the February shooting.

Saturday’s female victim, according to the 911 report, is 20-year-old Nicole M. Washko of Cortland.

Initially, there was some belief that the deaths were the result of a double drug overdose because the person who made the initial call, a brother of Hendrickson, thought it was a possible OD because his brother was not breathing.

However, the brother called 911 again about five minutes later screaming that his brother was dead and said, “It’s not an OD.”

The Feb. 25 shootings were the result of a months-long feud between Hamad, 47, of 1564 Niles-Cortland Road SE (state Route 46), and some of the victims, Howland police Chief Nick Roberts said at the time.

Roberts said the incident stemmed from a family dispute regarding Hamad dating Hendrickson’s mother, Tracey Hendrickson, and leaving her husband. Two other shooting victims on Feb. 25, April Trent, 43, and Bryce Hendrickson, 20, underwent surgery for their wounds.

Hamad was indicted in the incident on two counts of aggravated murder with specifications that would allow for the death penalty if he’s convicted. His trial is set for this month.

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