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Cops probe Monessen shooting

| Saturday, July 27, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

A Monessen woman was shot Friday afternoon while waiting inside a vehicle in front of the Sunoco in the city.

The gunshot emanated from inside her vehicle, according to police, who didn't know if Ciarra Laidley accidentally shot herself or was wounded by someone else in the vehicle.

She was taken to Monongahela Valley Hospital and later transported to UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh, where a hospital spokeswoman said she had no information on Laidley's condition.

Police said details are sketchy because Laidley would not cooperate with their investigation.

The single gunshot was heard at 3:10 p.m. by patrons inside the Sunoco, who told police it came from inside the vehicle.

Laidley was shot in the abdomen, police said.

The emergency department at Monongahela Valley Hospital was on lockdown for about an hour shortly after, hospital spokeswoman Corrine Laboon said.

“It is our hospital policy and procedure that anytime a victim of a shooting, stabbing or other intentionally injured person is brought into the ED, we go into lockdown,” Laboon said.

It is done “for the safety of the patients, employees and visitors” at the hospital, Laboon explained.

Laboon said no weapons were brought into the hospital.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

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