Patrol Continues Ongoing Investigation of Fatal Shooting on Ohio Turnpike by Ohio


									Ohio State Highway Patrol
Media Release                    Berea District Headquarters •   Berea, Ohio

                                                         For Immediate Release: May 18, 2005
                            Contact: Lt. Rick Zwayer or Sgt. Stephanie Norman (614) 752-2792

               Patrol continues ongoing investigation of
                    fatal shooting on Ohio Turnpike
Public is still encouraged to contact the Patrol’s Berea District Headquarters at
 (440) 234-2096 with any information that may be helpful in solving this case

CLEVELAND – Investigators from the Ohio State Highway Patrol are continuing their
investigation of the fatal shooting of Dr. Gulam Moonda that occurred last Friday on the Ohio
Turnpike (Interstate 80) in North Royalton.

The investigation has expanded beyond Ohio into Pennsylvania and investigators continue to
interview witnesses, review private surveillance videos, and evaluate fingerprint and ballistic
evidence collected from the crime scene.

The case is still being investigated as a robbery-homicide, but Patrol investigators have not
ruled out other motives. Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call the
Patrol’s Berea District Headquarters, Investigation Section, at (440) 234-2096.

As part of the investigation, 35 people have been interviewed and four of those have
confirmed that a dark colored van was behind Moonda’s gold Jaguar on the Ohio Turnpike,
near milepost 164, at approximately 6:38 p.m. last Friday.

On May 13, troopers from the Patrol’s Hiram Post responded to a report of an injury on
Interstate 80 westbound, near milepost 164, in North Royalton. Upon arrival, troopers
discovered Moonda had been shot in the head after a roadside robbery had occurred.

Moonda, a passenger in a 2000 Jaguar being driven by his wife, Donna Moonda, 46, and
Dorothy Smouse, 74, both of Hermitage, Pa., when they stopped along the Ohio Turnpike to
change drivers. It was reported that during that change, an unknown suspect driving a dark
colored van stopped with the victim and demanded money. The suspect carried out the
robbery, shot Moonda, and fled the scene.

Moonda died from an apparent single gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at
the scene by LifeFlight EMS personnel.

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