Ex-Norwalk woman indicted in stepfather's shooting

Cary Ashby • Feb 14, 2013 at 10:53 PM

An Erie County grand jury has indicted two women in connection with a shooting that injured one of the defendants' stepfather.

The Sandusky Police Department is continuing its search for the suspected shooter, Marcus Campbell, 25, of Sandusky. Officers are seeking the public's help in finding him.

"We have him tied to the shooting ... through reliable confidential informants," Detective Gary Wichman said Wednesday.

"We have arrest warrants out on him on attempted murder and aggravated robbery. Both are first-degree felonies," the detective added.

Former Norwalk resident Katie S. Wilson, 25, of Sandusky, was indicted this week on complicity to commit attempted murder, complicity to commit aggravated robbery, theft, tampering with evidence, burglary and possession of heroin.

Laura J. Purcell, 23, of Sandusky, also was indicted. She faces one count each of complicity to commit attempted murder and complicity to commit aggravated robbery.

The pair were among 24 people indicted this week by an Erie County grand jury. (NOTE - To see the list of other suspects indicted, click HERE.)

The felonies are in connection with Wilson's stepfather, Bartt Carruthers, 49, of Sandusky, being shot at the Grant Street car wash in Sandusky about 6:15 p.m. Jan. 16. A LifeFlight helicopter flew him to Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo with four wounds from a single bullet. Carruthers was released later.

"He's very fortunate; if he didn't turn, he'd be dead," Wichman said in January. "It appears he was turning (as Campbell fired)."

Police arrested Purcell on Feb. 5. She must post a $31,200 bond before being released from the Erie County Jail.

Wilson has been unable to post a $76,351 bond since being arrested Jan. 16.

She is accused of setting up a drug deal to sell her stepfather some Xanax bars. Police have said when Carruthers arrived, Wilson reportedly asked for the cash and her stepfather asked to see the drugs, but the suspects "failed to produce the pills."

That's about the time Campbell is accused of firing his gun three times. The bullet entered the victim's chest above his heart, exited under his left armpit and went into his left arm.

Perkins Township Police Chief Ken Klamar heard the gunshots when he was off duty, loading groceries into his car at the nearby Kroger parking lot. He called 9-1-1.

About nine minutes later, an employee at Firelands Counseling and Recovery Center, on Hayes Avenue, called 9-1-1 after Carruthers stumbled into the office.

Wichman said Campbell, the suspected shooter, has many Ohio and out-of-state connections.

"He's got a pretty good size family," the detective said. "We have a number of places under surveillance."

Anyone with information about Marcus Campbell's whereabouts is encouraged to call the Sandusky Police Department at (419) 627-5863.

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