Wed. 10:56am: Police investigating apparent suicide in St. Joseph hospital parking lot

WARREN – Police are investigating an apparent suicide that took place in the parking lot of St. Joseph Health Center Tuesday afternoon.

According to a Warren police report, Lainie A. Gerak, 43, 6527 North Carolina Place, Poland, was dead when investigators arrived at the hospital around 2:23 p.m.

Police provided little information, however witnesses at the scene called 911 to report a woman shooting herself in the parking lot. Police had a large area of the parking lot closed off.

The Tribune Chronicle newsroom has been receiving numerous anonymous calls this morning from readers in reference to the matter, stating that they believe the woman shot herself.

The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office completed and autopsy and plans to rule on the cause of death today.

This is a developing story; check back for more information.