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August 31, 2011

Man dies after shooting on East Side

NEW CASTLE — New Castle police are looking for a black Chevrolet Cavalier in connection with a fatal shooting on the East Side.

Gordon Douglas Rees Jr., 31, of 825 Morton St. was killed in the 1100 block of Williams Street Tuesday night.

Neighbors said Rees was standing outside when the car pulled up and, after an argument, a man shot him and drove away.

Samuel Teolis, Lawrence County deputy coroner, said Rees died of a single gunshot wound to the upper left chest.  He was pronounced dead at Jameson Hospital’s emergency room by the attending physician. An autopsy is to be performed Wednesday in Beaver County.

New Castle Police Chief Tom Sansone said officers responded to a call around 10:20 p.m. regarding gunshots fired and a man hit on Williams Street, near Acorn Street.

“We’re not 100 percent sure what kind of gun was used,” he said, adding a spent casing was found at the scene. He said the Cavalier has tinted windows. Police have a couple of suspects in mind, Sansone said, but no arrests have been made.

The county 911 center had received a few calls shortly before 9 p.m. regarding a disturbance or fight at Rees’ address.

“We don’t have a reason to believe that if he was involved in that, that it had anything to do with this shooting,” Sansone said.

Rees was facing simple assault and harassment charges that city police had filed Aug. 18 for a domestic incident.

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