Weaver police question two men in shooting death of 20-year-old woman
by Daniel Gaddy
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Senior Forensic Scientist Mark Hopwood photographs a rifle at Shannon Hills Apartments in Weaver Thursday. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
Senior Forensic Scientist Mark Hopwood photographs a rifle at Shannon Hills Apartments in Weaver Thursday. (Photo by Trent Penny/The Anniston Star)
WEAVER -- Weaver police said Thursday they were questioning two men in the death of a 20-year-old woman shot at an apartment complex on McClellan Boulevard that morning.

According to a release from Weaver police Chief Wayne Bush, officers received a 911 call at 8:56 a.m. Thursday from Shannon Hills Apartments that a woman was lying bleeding outside one of the units.

Bush said in the release that officers arriving just a minute after the call found Elizabeth Lauren Hartnett outside with a gunshot wound to her chest. Weaver firefighters and responders with Anniston EMS treated Hartnett at the scene and rushed her to Regional Medical Center in Anniston, according to Bush.

Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown pronounced Hartnett dead at 9:36 a.m.

According to the release, evidence and interviews with witnesses revealed that Hartnett had been shot inside an apartment home while two men were inside with her.

One of the men, 22-year-old James Logan Shaw, was still at the scene when police arrived, and officers detained him for questioning, Bush said. According to the chief, the other man in the apartment was Hartnett’s boyfriend, 22-year-old John Denver Pegg. Pegg left before police arrived and was later apprehended in Clay County by local deputies and members of the Clay County Drug Task Force, Bush said. The release did not say when or where specifically Pegg was detained.

According to the chief, Pegg tried to run from the arresting officers.

Clay County law enforcement agents arrested Pegg on failure to appear charges related to traffic violations and will hold him for questioning in Hartnett’s death, according to the release.

Brown said the apartment was not leased in Hartnett’s name, but he did not know who the unit belonged to.

Bush's release, time-stamped 5:30 p.m., was emailed to editors at The Star just before 8 p.m. Thursday. Though investigators allowed journalists to stand outside the apartment complex as officers worked, repeated attempts Thursday to reach Bush were unsuccessful.

Editor's note: The print version of this article incorrectly lists the unrelated charges against Pegg and incorrectly lists the deceased woman's age .

Assistant Metro Editor Daniel Gaddy: 256-235-3560. On Twitter @DGaddy_Star.

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