Pensacola, Florida

From the Pensacola News-Journal of April 20, 2007

Two suspects shot

Two men were shot Thursday in separate incidents after they apparently entered homes and were confronted by residents, Escambia County deputies said.

Kenneth Russell Pike, 19, was in critical condition at Baptist Hospital late Thursday night after he was shot in the chest.

The shooting happened about 5:15 p.m. in the 2700 block of Hollywood Avenue, Escambia Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Mike Ward said.

Ward said Sheri Lavvorn, 44, and her daughter-in-law, Shirley Anne Beall, 20, returned to their home on Hollywood and found a door ajar.

When they saw an intruder, whom deputies later identified as Pike, Beall — who is eight months pregnant — grabbed a shotgun.

Beall then gave the gun to Lavvorn and called 911, Ward said.

“The suspect tried to leave and pushed Beall to the ground,” he said. “Then Pike ran out of the house, jumped into the passenger side of a vehicle, and Lavvorn gave chase.”

The driver of the car tried to run over Lavvorn, but Lavvorn shot through the windshield, hitting Pike in the chest, Ward said.

Pike then fled the scene in the car, which was driven by Jeffrey Weyhrauch, 30, of the 200 block of Aquamarine Avenue, and headed to home of Stan Donoway in the 100 block of Topaz Avenue about a mile away, Ward said.

Rodger D. Gastone, who resides next door to Donoway, said the man is Pike’s stepfather.

“The car pulled up, and a kid jumped out,” he said. “When he got out, he was kind of stumbling — like he had been drinking.”

Gastone said Pike was wearing a white shirt, but it looked red.

“He said, ‘I’ve been shot. I’ve been shot,’ ” Gastone said. “Then he went down in the driveway. You could see that he was in bad shape.”

Gastone said the Sheriff’s Office was on the scene within seconds.

Connie Donoway, Pike’s mother, said her son was in intensive care.

“The bullet hit a bone and shattered,” she said. “Fragments of it are in his heart.”

Pike is scheduled for surgery today, she said.

From the Pensacola News Journal of April 23, 2007

Burglary suspect on lam

Man slips out of hospital after being shot during alleged break-in attempt

A man who was shot Thursday after he allegedly broke into a residence left a local hospital Sunday before doctors released him, the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said.

It is believed Kenneth Russell Pike, 19, slipped out of Baptist Hospital with the help of family members, investigator James O’Hara said.

“The family members were able to form a tight circle around him to get him past the nurses’ station without them knowing it,” O’Hara said.

Pike remained at large Sunday night.

“He is still injured,” O’Hara said.

Pike is wanted on multiple charges, including principle to aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, burglary with battery, petty theft and criminal mischief, O’Hara said.

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