ERIE, Pa. — Erie police are still searching for a suspect involved in the fatal shooting of a man Monday afternoon on the city’s east side.
However, police said a lack of cooperation is hindering the investigation of the shooting.
Lavell Beason, 24, was shot in the 500 block of East 22nd Street while in a parked vehicle with immediate family members, but according to police, those in the car refused to give any information on the shooter saying, “You better find him before we do.”
Beason was taken to UPMC Hamot where he died a short time later. Beason died from a gunshot wound to the chest, Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook said following an autopsy Tuesday morning.
Cook ruled the death a homicide — the city’s second this year.
According to police, a van was parked in the 500 Block of East 22nd Street around 1:45 p.m. when multiple shots were fired into the van, killing Beason who was in the passenger seat.
Beason was apparently transported to the hospital in that van. Police found the van in a parking lot near UPMC Hamot with bullet holes. The van was towed to the police station for evidence.
Police said just before the shooting occurred, Beason had a discussion with a group of people on the block.
Police attempted to interview the victim’s family members who they believed watched the shooting happen but they refused to cooperate and identify the shooter.
Erie Police Chief Don Dacus said they could have made an arrest Monday if witnesses would have cooperated.