Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook has identified the man who was shot dead at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and the Bayfront Parkway on Monday.
Cook identified the victim as 18-year-old Isiah Wiley and has ruled the death a homicide, following an autopsy Tuesday morning.
Erie police were called to a shooting incident involving an unresponsive man at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and the Bayfront Parkway around 9:30 p.m. Monday, before responding to a second shooting in the 400 block of West 16th Street around 12:15 a.m Tuesday.
Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers said the two shooting incidents that killed a man and injured another are related, but could not comment on the details of their ongoing investigation to connect both of these crimes.
“We have some information that leads us to believe that it is probably related to the homicide that we were investigating a couple hours earlier,” Bowers said.
When Erie police arrived on scene at the first shooting, they found one man dead in the driver side of a gray Cadillac vehicle, while another male passenger was not wounded.
Police said this may have been a drive-by shooting incident.
The Wiley family is familiar with gun violence, as Isiah Wiley is a cousin to Justin Wiley, who was shot in the head on West 19th and Chestnut Streets last July.
“There was another murder victim in this particular family sometime ago, but I don’t know if that had anything to do with this incident or not,” Cook said.
In the second shooting on West 16th Street, police said a 23-year-old man walked into St. Vincent Hospital with gunshot wounds, but was eventually taken to UPMC Hamot.
Police said he was shot several times, but none of his injuries are life-threatening.
“He was evidently involved in a gunfire fight of some sort, so we know there was more than one gun involved in that incident,” Bowers said.
Police do not have anyone in custody as of 6 p.m. Tuesday and are searching for a light colored SUV that they believe was involved with the homicide.
Police are asking anyone with information to call detectives at 870-1182.