Shooting of area woman remains unsolved

December 7th, 2006    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

Mystery still surrounds the shooting of a Tate Township woman who was injured last week.

On Nov. 30, an emergency call was made concerning a 21-year-old woman, Crystal Bauer, who was reportedly shot and at home alone with her two children. However, clues and statements in the investigation have thus far led investigators in circles.

“Our investigative staff has been working diligently on this case and has been examining the evidence as well as statements received from the victim and others involving the shooting,” said Sheriff Tim Rodenberg. “Without going into any details at this point of time given the fact that the investigation is still in progress, there are some questions and confusion about the victim’s initial report as to what happened to her.”

Last week, when the shooting was reported, the sheriff gave initial accounts of what was known at the time. Other than location and injury, little was present to guide the investigation, except for the presence of a handgun that may have been involved.

"With her at the time were two children, believed to be hers," said Sheriff Rodenberg. "They were two and four years old, but were not harmed. Miss Bauer was AirCared to University Hospital and a handgun was recovered at the scene. It will have to be determined if that was the gun involved in the shooting."

According to Sheriff Rodenberg, the case has been hampered by conflicting information and false leads, mostly concerning statements made by Bauer at the time of the accident. Bauer continues to remain in serious condition, which has also hampered the investigation.

"At one point she alleged that a person known to her had shot her, but then recanted that contention," said Sheriff Rodenberg. "We, nevertheless, investigated the person she identified and have determined that it does not appear they were involved in the shooting. The victim is still in serious condition and continuing to receive medical care and treatment.
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