SHALER TOWNSHIP, Pa. - Two families are grieving Friday after a Shaler Township woman shot a man several times before turning the gun on herself, according to police.
Investigators said the shooting happened in the 500 block of Louann Avenue around 6:30 a.m.
Police said the woman, later identified as 43-year-old Sharon Demore, was waiting for the male victim on a porch and shot him several times when he walked outside to leave for work.
Investigators said Demore was the man's estranged girlfriend.
“What it appears, she was waiting for him on a porch outside and he came out the door. He was shot a few times. He’s in critical condition at a local hospital. She is deceased with a single gunshot wound to the head,” said James Morton, Assistant Superintendent of the Allegheny County Police.
Neighbors told Channel 11 News that they heard at least four gunshots and the man yelling for help.
Neighbor Shirley Morell was one of the first to call 911.
“I’m in shock, as well. I just can’t believe that this all happened,” Morell said.
The owner of the home said the house is split up into apartments. The victim, who was conscious when medics arrived, has lived in one of the apartments since October 2013, said landlord Jodi Frankel.
“Never had any problems with him,” she said.
Police had never been called to the address before, Morton said, but they believe the relationship was tumultuous.
Shelly Leidecker, the first-floor tenant since July, said she met the woman several times. She said the couple had dated off and on for about four years.
“He's a good man,” she said. “We're just praying for his recovery.”
Mike Demore’s older brother was once married to Sharon Demore. He said his brother and Sharon had four kids together, who are all devastated trying to understand what happened with their mother.
“My prayers go out to the children. It’s always the kids that end up suffering in the end,” Mike Demore said.
Shaler Township and Allegheny County police continue to investigate.
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