Coroner: Gunshot wound from 30 years ago cause of woman’s death

MC  Linda Knauss

By Manuel Gamiz Jr., Of The Morning Call9:23 p.m. EST, February 26, 2013

Finished with a day of shopping at a trendy Harrisburg boutique more than 30 years ago, Linda J. Knauss of North Whitehall Township was walking out with her husband and the boutique’s owner when a gunman approached them.

The man made threats and then started firing, one bullet hitting Knauss in the neck, a wound that would leave her partially paralyzed.

Last week, the 65-year-old died and the Lehigh County coroner’s office blamed that bullet, ruling her cause of death as complications from a gunshot wound. The coroner also ruled the case a homicide.

Chief Deputy Coroner Paul Hoffman said Knauss, of 5268 Baldwin Lane, had been admitted into the hospital for a respiratory issue, one of many medical ailments she endured after being shot as she tried running from a gunman April 12, 1982, in downtown Harrisburg.


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