WEST MEAD TOWNSHIP — A 27-year-old Meadville man was shot in the thigh early Friday morning and the woman accused of shooting him is in jail following what state police described as a verbal dispute, portions of which were recorded by a doorbell video system, between the two at the Forest Green Estates apartment complex.
As they arrived at 2:14 a.m., responding troopers found Autumn Wind Long, 27, kneeling next to a man covered in blood along with several other people who had rendered aid to the man. When a trooper asked if anyone had seen the shooter, Long responded, “Right here, I shot him,” according to the probable cause affidavit filed by police in the case.
Long, who resides in the 10,400 block of Liberty Street, was arraigned late Friday morning before Magisterial District Judge Samuel Pendolino on two felony assault charges and two misdemeanor charges. She remains in Crawford County jail in lieu of $100,000 bond.
Pennsylvania State Police at Meadville had offered no update on the man’s condition by late Friday afternoon.
Witnesses told police the incident began when Long returned from a bar to an apartment in the 300-block of units at 19739 Forest Green Drive. Long and the man, who was already in the apartment when Long arrived. The two argued, according to the police affidavit, exited the building and continued to argue as they walked around.
Video from a doorbell video system installed in a nearby apartment shows portions of the argument, according to the affidavit. At one point, police reported, the man can be seen lying on the ground screaming, “Babe, I’m bleeding out. Babe, I’m bleeding out.” Long can then be seen running from the parking area back to the man.
As the video proceeds, Long repeatedly tells the man that he’s going to be OK, that she loves him and that she is sorry, according to police. She also says at one point, “They are going to be here in five minutes and I am going to go to jail.”
Troopers arriving to the scene at first were told there were no weapons, but Long then said she had one in her purse, according to the affidavit. She then threw the purse down in front of the officer, who noticed the handle of a Glock 9mm pistol in view inside the purse. Both the hand grip of the gun and the purse had blood on them, police reported.
The charges filed against Long described the man as having been shot in the upper left thigh, with both an entry and an exit wound evident.
Long faces a first degree felony charge of aggravated assault, a second degree felony charge of aggravated assault — causes bodily injury with a deadly weapon, and second degree misdemeanor charges of recklessly endangering another person and simple assault.
A preliminary hearing in the case was scheduled for July 14 before Pendolino.