Thu. 2:45pm: Girlfriend says Sunset victim died in her arms

WARREN – The girlfriend of the man who was killed early New Year’s Day in the Sunset Lounge said her boyfriend died in her arms.

Ashonta Gore, who said she has two of 25-year-old Cory Blackwell’s eight children and is pregnant with another, said she was outside the East Market Street bar smoking a cigarette about 2 a.m. New Year’s Day when she heard gunfire.

“They just shot me,” Gore said Blackwell told her when after she opened the emergency door on the side of the building and he came outside. Gore was at the station today with her mother to speak to detectives about the case.

Police said a fight on the dance floor preceded the shooting, in which another woman claimed later in the day she was wounded in the foot.

Blackwell was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

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