Coroner identifies man shot on Erie’s east side; 7th homicide in city this year

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Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook identified the man who was fatally shot on the city’s east side on Thursday afternoon.

Steven R. Bishop, 26, of Erie, died from a gunshot wound to the chest, Cook said following an autopsy Friday morning.

Cook ruled the death a homicide – the seventh in the city this year. 

Erie police responded to the 500 block of East 21st street for a report of a man lying in the road with a gunshot wound around 1:45 p.m.

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Bishop was found dead on a porch at 546 E. 21st St., when police arrived on scene.

A large crowed gathered around the scene on Thursday as Erie police and detectives closed off East 21st Street from Ash Street to Wallace Street to investigate.

Police recovered multiple shell casings and four young men were seen fleeing the area, including Bishop, who collapsed on the porch.

“We have interviewed a couple people that are simply that, people that were in the neighborhood,” Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers said. 

There are no suspects at this time, however, neighbors said there is a name of a possible suspect buzzing around the community.

Police said they know more information is out there than what they’ve been given, and they need people to come forward.

But, those close to Bishop said, “it’s an unwritten rule on the streets that when you see a murder, you pretend like you didn’t see anything.”

City Councilwoman Sonya Arrington said there needs to be more concern about ongoing black on black crime.

“We raised a lot of ruckus about the black on white shooting from the police officer, what about the black on black violence? We are our own worst enemies,” Arrington said.

“95 percent of it is retaliation,” Arrington said. “But we have to go back to the real problem. The problem is these young men are traumatized. They are losing their relatives, their friends to gun violence.”

Those close to Bishop said he was known around town as “Bebo” and said he was just a young man trying to do the best he could.

“He didn’t deserve this,” said his godfather, who goes by “Tree.” “Nobody deserves this. You think about all of these teenagers that are out here with guns. They are not old enough to buy beer, where’d you get the money to buy a gun?”

If you have any information you are asked to call Detective Chris Janus at 870-1151 and Lt. Jon Peters at 870-1256.

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