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Police digging into woman's shooting

Published Sep. 9, 2005

While Claudia Eanes clung to life Friday, homicide detectives interviewed her family and friends, including a former boyfriend from Kentucky.

But investigators did not name any suspects or make an arrest in Wednesday's shooting outside Tanny-Fanny, 6480 Central Ave.

Eanes, 34, a mother of three, was shot in the head as she was locking up the salon at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. She remained in critical condition Friday in Bayfront Medical Center.

"We can basically say that robbery wasn't a motive," homicide Sgt. Mike Puetz said.

Eanes' family, including her husband, Eric Eanes, could not be reached Friday.

"Her family doesn't want to talk to anybody," said Suzann Rogers, owner of Tanny-Fanny, where Eanes worked for 10 months. "They're just shocked."

Detectives are reviewing Eanes' relationships with her first and second husbands and have not ruled out the possibility that she was mistaken for someone else Wednesday night.

Among the people interviewed by detectives Friday was Eanes' boyfriend, John Brockway, whom she knew as a teenager.

Last year, Eanes went to Kentucky to live with Brockway, though she remained married to her husband. She moved back to St. Petersburg after several months with Brockway.

John Matheney, who lives in Gulfport and is friends with Brockway, said detectives interviewed Brockway at his house Friday.

"He's wanting the person found just as much as anybody else," said Matheney, 35.

Matheney said Brockway was in Kentucky when he learned of Eanes' condition and called him in Gulfport.

He said Brockway got in his truck and drove to St. Petersburg from Kentucky, even talking at times with a St. Petersburg homicide detective from his cellular phone. Brockway kept records of his travels to prove he was in Kentucky, Matheney said.

_ Times researcher Cathy Wos contributed to this report. Staff Writer Leanora Minai can be reached at (727) 893-8406.