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Woman dies 30 years after being shot, ruled homicide

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A woman is dead, and the coroner is calling it a homicide. Here's the twist. She died last week, 30 years after she was shot!

Linda Knauss, 65, died at Lehigh Valley Hospital last week. The coroner says she died from complications resulting from a shooting in downtown Harrisburg back in 1982.

"When I got there two individuals were shot. It looked severe. At that point in time I didn't know if either one of them would make it," said Richard Shaffer, the superintendent of the PA State Capitol Police.

On April 12, 1982, the owner of the Plum Boutique in Harrisburg, Isaac Mishkin, was headed out to dinner with his friend Linda Knauss, when a gunman held up his store.

Shaffer was then just an officer with the Harrisburg Police. "It will never leave my mind it was just one of those cases," he said, "I can see the owner there, I can visualize the blood."

"I just remember her laying on the sidewalk," said Mishkin, "I jumped him and took the gun away from him."

Mishkin was shot just inches from his heart. Knauss in the back of the neck. The shooting left Knauss partially paralyzed. "Her attitude was sad, but also very strong," he said. "She accepted things as they were. We didn't talk about what had happened back then ever again."

Knauss had injuries she was never able to recover from, and died 30 years after being shot. Mishkin says Knauss didn't let the shooting stop her from living. "What happened. She lived her life the way she could," he said.

Mishkin says what happened to them should serve as a lesson to everyone. "You could lose your life in two seconds over a lot of things and a lot of people don't even think about the value of life," he said, "you just have to be careful wherever you are and don't take chances."

The gunman has never been found. At the time police released a sketch of the suspect, but there wasn't any strong evidence.

Mishkin has owned Plum's Boutique for 44 years. He went back to work two weeks after being shot.

The District Attorney's office says it's still investigating this cold case by using technology to find new leads.

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