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October 4, 2007

BREAKING: Terre Haute woman killed in shooting at Drury Inn

TERRE HAUTE — A 26-year-old Terre Haute woman was shot to death outside the front entrance of Terre Haute’s Drury Inn and her alleged killer died about an hour later after a police chase that ended near Monrovia late Wednesday night.

Vigo County Coroner Dr. Roland Kohr said the woman, whose identity will not be released until relatives have been notified, died of multiple gunshot wounds, at least one to the head. Five casings were found at the scene.

“It appears to be a domestic shooting with either a boyfriend or ex-husband,” Kohr told the Tribune-Star at the crime scene at about 1 a.m. Thursday. “The relationships are not really clear at this point. It’s being sorted out.

“Apparently, she had been in a vehicle with this individual and she jumped from the vehicle or tried to run and he followed her.”

Bill Bergherm, assistant chief of criminal investigations for the Terre Haute Police Department, said the initial vehicle was a van, but the suspect drove it to the Ramada Inn, a motel across from the Drury Inn at 3040 S. U.S. Highway 41, after the shooting and switched to an SUV.

“Multiple shots were fired … and she has multiple gunshot wounds,” Kohr continued. “The exact number that hit her, it’s kinda hard to say at this moment.”

An autopsy was scheduled for later Thursday.

Kohr said the female victim was Caucasian and the alleged killer was a black male. He did not know the age of the alleged killer.

“Apparently, there are also three children who were involved that belong to them,” Kohr added. “Whether they were in the van or in the vehicle at the time the shooting occurred, we’re not really clear on at this moment. My understanding is a chase ensued [with police] along the interstate [70] after the shooting that made it almost as far as Monrovia.”

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