Warren resident baffled by shooting

WARREN – The Idylwild Street woman who called 911 Wednesday night to report gunfire said she had never before experienced the fear she felt when she realized a man had been shot near her home.

The woman, who did not want her name published, said she did not see the shooter’s face.

“I don’t know who he is,” she said. “All I know is that I was in my living room with my husband, and we heard shots. I did what I could do. I called 911.”

She said she does not know the victim but has seen his car parked at a residence in the neighborhood often.

According to police, Alan M. Schweikart, 66, of Housel Craft Road, Bristol, was found in an empty lot near 170 Idylwild N.E. about 8:45 p.m. with multiple gunshot wounds to his lower extremities. He was taken to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

An update on his condition was not available Thursday, but earlier reports listed him in satisfactory condition.

Police said they believe Schweikart was in town visiting a friend at the Idylwild address. He was robbed of a leather wallet with an eagle emblem on it that contained $35, an ID and a bank card, police said.

Police confirmed they took a man into custody shortly after the shooting, and questioned him, but later released him. As of Thursday, there were no arrests and no known suspects.

“It’s just all very scary,” the woman said. “I don’t understand why all of this shooting is going on all over the place. It’s everywhere, not just here. I’ve lived in this neighborhood 20 years, and I’ve never had a problem from anyone. I just don’t understand it.”