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Warren police collect evidence in deadly home invasion

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WARREN, Ohio - A late night home invasion results in Warren's first homicide of the year. The double-shooting also left a second person wounded.

It happened here in the 900 block of South Street. Police responded to a 9-1-1 call shortly before 11:30 Monday night from the homeowner, Lisa Prater.

On the 9-11 tape you hear: "Ok, is anybody hurt? Yeah, we got shot he's dying he's going to die"

When police arrived they found Prater in a bedroom with two gunshot wounds. In the same room they found 64-year old James Levels of Beal Street in Warren. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say first reports indicate that two younger men wearing bandana's as masks made forced entry through the front door, shot both victims and then fled. Detectives were hoping to learn more after talking to Prater in the hospital.

"We're following up on all the leads, we don't have anyone charged yet so I'm going to let the detectives do their thing" said Warren Detective Jeff Cole.

A neighbor who lives two doors away said she and her husband had just gone to bed.

"My husband thought he heard a gunshot, I thought it was thunder" the neighbor said.

The neighbor also said there have been other shootings at the same house.

"This is the fourth shooting within the last, I'd say four years" according to the neighbor.

A police report from last December shows that Prater reported that a visitor had fired shots into a closet and threatened to kill her.

Cole says not only is this Warren's first homicide of the year, it's the first case in the city involving gunfire.

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