CLYMER — State police this morning searched for evidence in the shooting death of a man Monday evening on a secluded hiking trail on the southwest edge of the borough.
Authorities said an autopsy was planned for this morning on James Alexander, 46, who died from an apparent single gunshot wound of the face. Alexander’s last known address was on Store Hill Road in Ernest.
State police hinted that Alexander knew his killer.
“This does not appear to be a random crime,” Trooper Douglas Snyder, the investigating officer, reported in a news release.
Chief Deputy Coroner Jerry Overman said Alexander was discovered by area residents who heard gunfire and checked the area.
Alexander was shot about 9 p.m., according to police, and the coroner’s office was called after paramedics found him unresponsive.
It was uncertain how many shots were fired, Overman said.
Authorities had no reports of wounds or injuries to other people in connection with the slaying.
This morning, state police termed the investigation “ongoing and active.” No suspects had been identified, arrested or charged as of press time this morning.
Officials at the Clymer district court reported investigators had not requested any warrants related to the investigation.
Police spent most of the night searching the scene of the shooting. The state police Records & Identification Unit from Greensburg and a dog team from the Armstrong County district attorney’s office took part in the probe.
The Indiana County District Attorney’s office and detectives also are assisting in the investigation.