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Pa. Race Riot Gunfire Message Probed

March 11, 2003

YORK, Pa. (AP) _ A recording of gunfire was left on the answering machine of a woman who had been testifying at the trial of two men accused of killing her police officer husband during a race riot more than three decades ago.

Sonja Schaad Gilmore found the message when she returned home from court Friday, police said.

Her husband, patrolman Henry Schaad, was killed in 1969 when he and two other white officers drove an armored police truck through a black neighborhood.

State Police Trooper Keith Stone said that if the caller can be identified, charges could include of harassment by communication, terroristic threats or intimidation of a witness.

The shooting occurred during 10 days of rioting in which dozens of people were injured were burned before state police and National Guardsmen quelled the violence.

Three days after Schaad was shot, a 27-year-old black woman was killed. In October, a jury convicted two former white gang members of second-degree murder and acquitted the city’s former mayor, Charlie Robertson.

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