Johnstown Homicide Upsets Community

By Christian Heilman

Published 07/13 2014 07:25PM

Updated 07/13 2014 07:26PM

JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY -- The man's body was found outside of Oakhurst Community early this morning. This is the second straight day a shooting was reported in the city
Sharon Coleman, president at Oakhurst Community, said “Enough is enough. Yes, enough is enough. We can't keep living like this.”
Sharon Coleman has lived in this community for more than 40 years and she says things have gone downhill.
“When I first moved here, I didn't even lock my doors. I used to go to the store and leave my door unlocked and you can't do that anymore,” said Coleman.
There have been three homicides in the Oakhurst Community so far this year. The recent trend here and in Cambria County is getting the attention of the coroner.
Jeffrey Lees, Cambria County Chief Deputy Coroner, said “Since I've been in the coroner's office for the last 14 years, this is the highest rate of homicides we've had and we're only six months into the year.”
Last night, the coroner says 42 year old Tyrone Williams was shot a little after 1:30am.
Williams is from the New Jersey area. He was a student at the Johnstown Police Academy and lived on Grass Avenue in the city.
 “Mr. Williams passed away from a gunshot wound to the chest area. The manner of death is being ruled a homicide,” said Lees.
Many neighbors didn't want to be on camera but said the same thing: the neighborhood is not a safe place.
Coleman said, “It's very frustrating. I'm scared to sit on my porch - I raise my grandchildren - my grandchildren can't even come out because I'm so afraid.”
Sharon and others hope more police will show up to help prevent violence.

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