City woman shot; shooter remains at large

EAST LIVERPOOL — A 24-year-old city woman was shot in the head just before 1 a.m. Sunday, and the man believed responsible remains at large.

Christen M. Wilson was taken by ambulance to East Liverpool City Hospital with a gunshot wound to the head and then flown by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital, where her condition was still unknown Sunday night.

Meanwhile, police are still looking for the alleged shooter, who has been identified as 27-year-old Deandre M. Dozier, according to Chief John Lane. Dozier has lived in town at times but is reportedly from Youngstown.

“He’s considered dangerous … The best thing he can do is turn himself in,” Lane said.

The shooting occurred in Wilson’s apartment at the Woodland Hills public housing complex on Wilbert Avenue. Police received the call at 12:44 a.m. and the first officer on scene, John Headley, was met by several people who were crying and they pointed toward apartment 321. Headley found Wilson lying on the apartment floor covered in blood, with several people holding her down and applying pressure to her head wound.

Police asked what happened and the group kept saying “they” shot her. After a few minutes, police learned the alleged shooter was Dozier, who was one of four people who came to the apartment. An argument ensued, during which Wilson was shot with what is believed to be a small-caliber handgun, Lane said, but no weapon was found at the scene.

Witnesses said Dozier left in a silver Hyundai car.

Randy Otis, who is believed to also have ties to the Youngstown area, has been identified as a person of interest.

Dozier, who goes by the nickname Mouse, is familiar to city police, having twice been arrested on drug charges in recent years. In 2014, Dozier was indicted for possession of heroin and cocaine following a drug bust at an East Liverpool home. In 2015, he was again charged with heroin and cocaine possession by city police.

Dozier received a nine-month prison sentence on the 2014 charges and was sentenced to probation/treatment on the 2015 offenses.