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Shooting victim recovering

By Lisa Neff, Islander Reporter

A Holmes Beach woman who suffered a gunshot wound to the head Sept. 18 continued to recover last week.

Maya V. Schon, 66, was rushed to Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg at about 8:30 p.m. Sept. 18, after being shot in what the Holmes Beach Police Department described as an attempted murder-suicide.

Her husband, Joseph S. Schon, 69, died in their home on 83rd Street after apparently shooting himself.

The double-shooting occurred shortly after 8 p.m. on the Sunday night.

Neighbors said they did not hear any gunshots, and were only aware of an emergency when police and paramedics arrived to the 200 block of the residential street.

“We just didn’t hear anything,” said neighbor Kim Morgan, adding that most homes on the street were closed up, with air conditioners humming.

Neighbor Vincent Capo said he realized something was wrong when the fire truck and ambulance arrived.

“They flew her out right away,” he said, referring to Maya Schon, who was listed in good condition Sept. 23.

Earlier in the day, Morgan had seen Maya Schon gardening in her well-kept yard.

“She was fine,” said Morgan, who said she knew the husband and wife well enough to share a “Hi, how are you doing?” and described the couple as “pleasant people.”

Capo said he would see Maya Schon working in her garden or on her way to the beach most days.

“I’ve lived here 35 years,” he said. “I’ve known them 10 years or so. Joe, sure, we get along. He seemed like a nice guy.… They were just people going on with the years.”

“I never expected this to happen,” Capo added. “It’s just a surprise, you know?”

The HBPD released a brief statement on the incident Sept. 19, but officers said last week that the case remained under investigation.

A handgun was recovered, and HBPD said several rounds had been fired.

The 911 call that brought authorities to 83rd Street was placed by Maya Schon, who dialed the Manatee County emergency communications center at 8:18 p.m.

After providing the address, she told the 911 telecommunicator, “I’ve been shot by my husband and he shot himself.… I’m shot in head and he shot himself in head. Please come. Hurry up.”

The call lasted 7 minutes, 41 seconds. The emergency telecommunicator talked with the victim, learning her age, that Joseph Schon had been drinking, that he was in the bedroom and probably dead, that a gun was in the bedroom and that Maya Schon was struggling to reach the front door to await aid.

“Just rest in the most comfortable position you can. They’re on their way,” the telecommunicator said. She offered repeated assurances that police and paramedics were on the way until Maya Schon could hear sirens.

“OK, they are here,” she said before she hung up.

In addition to HBPD, Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and Bradenton Beach Police Department officers responded, along with first-responders from the West Manatee Fire Rescue and Manatee County Emergency Medical Services.

 

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