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Authorities ID Easton murder-suicide shooting victims. Neighbor in next apartment wounded

Allentown Morning Call logo Allentown Morning Call 4/29/2021 Anthony Salamone, The Morning Call
a person standing in front of a house: The Property Damage Experts enter Canal Park 600 in Easton where two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release. © Monica Cabrera/The Morning Call The Property Damage Experts enter Canal Park 600 in Easton where two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release.

Two people were found dead after a shooting late Tuesday night in South Side Easton, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded.

Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to one of the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park and found Shakeeyah Jackson, 34, with multiple gunshot wounds near the front door, Easton police Lt. Matt Gerould said. David Javon Hall, 42, was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in the kitchen.

a man wearing a hat and sunglasses in front of a building: Damaso Nieves of Catasauqua gives his personal account of the fatal shooting in Easton.  Two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release. © Monica Cabrera/The Morning Call Damaso Nieves of Catasauqua gives his personal account of the fatal shooting in Easton. Two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release.

Northampton County coroner Zack Lysek later pronounced Jackson and Hall dead on scene, subsequently ruling the manner death as homicide for Jackson and suicide for Hall.

Houck said two children who were at the home at the time of the shooting, ages 7 and 5, were not hurt, but witnessed some of the violence. Both are in the care of family members now, according to Houck.

a house in front of a brick building: Two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release. © Monica Cabrera/The Morning Call Two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release.

Police first found the 63-year-old woman, who has not been identified, suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound in a neighboring apartment.

Easton police investigated any instances of domestic violence at the home as part of their probe into the shooting, Houck said.

Damaso Nieves of Catasauqua identified the wounded woman as his fiancee. He said he heard fighting from a nearby apartment sometime between 10 and 10:20 p.m.

“Then I heard the little girl, his kid, go upstairs and tell them, ‘My mommy’s getting beat up by my daddy.’ So I don’t know if anybody went down or not. The kid stayed upstairs and like, five seconds later I heard six, seven shots,” said Nieves, 57. “One went through ... my fiancee’s house and hit her leg. I thank God it didn’t hit no arteries.”

Nieves said his fiancee was treated at St. Luke’s University Hospital in Fountain Hill and released.

Other residents either declined comment or said they did not hear anything at the apartment complex, between Iron and Centre streets and near Canal Street.

a close up of a door: Two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release. © Monica Cabrera/The Morning Call Two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release.

Valley Housing Development Corp. of Emmaus operates the units. Executive Director Christina Feiertag said she could not comment, since authorities are investigating.

a car parked in front of a house: The Property Damage Experts enter Canal Park 600 in Easton where two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release. © Monica Cabrera/The Morning Call The Property Damage Experts enter Canal Park 600 in Easton where two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release.

“Our thoughts are with the victims and their families as we respect the privacy of our residents,” Feiertag said.

Jackson was a 2006 graduate of Easton Area High School and Career Institute of Technology in Forks Township, high school Principal Kyle Geiger said.

a man standing in front of a building: The Property Damage Experts enter Canal Park 600 in Easton where two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release. © Monica Cabrera/The Morning Call The Property Damage Experts enter Canal Park 600 in Easton where two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment in Easton late Tuesday night, police said, and a 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was wounded by a bullet that passed through the wall. Police responded at 11:36 p.m. to the Canal Park 3 apartments in the 600 block of Canal Park on the city's South Side, Easton police Lt. Matthew Gerould said in a news release.

“On behalf of the faculty and staff, I offer our condolences to the family and our prayers for their healing during this difficult time,” Geiger said. “Our thoughts are with the family and the South Side community impacted by this tragedy. "

Geiger said the school was making counselors available to students and staff members.

Jackson’s LinkedIn page said she worked part time as a certified nursing assistant at the Gardens for Memory Care at Easton. An employee who did not want to speak on the record said she knew Jackson and confirmed she worked a night shift.

a house that is parked in front of a brick building: Two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment at the Canal Park apartments in Easton late Tuesday night, Easton Police Lt. Matthew Gerould said. A 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was also was injured by a bullet that went through the wall. © Monica Cabrera/The Morning Call Two people were found dead after a shooting in an apartment at the Canal Park apartments in Easton late Tuesday night, Easton Police Lt. Matthew Gerould said. A 63-year-old woman in an adjoining apartment was also was injured by a bullet that went through the wall.

David Francavilla, the center’s administrator, declined to comment.

A weapon and evidence related to the shooting were recovered from the apartment, Gerould said.

Morning Call staffers Bradley Krum and Stephanie Sigafoos contributed to this story.

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