DERRY TOWNSHIP, Pa. — Police have made an arrest in a Derry Township shooting that left a woman dead, and they said it wasn’t intentional.
“He has no idea who this family was. This had nothing to do with this family whatsoever. It’s tragic. it’s a shame,” said Pennsylvania State Trooper Steve Limani.
Investigators said Nathan Quidetto is accused of firing multiple rounds into the home of 52-year-old Tracy Squib.
Troopers wouldn’t say how they connected Quidetto to the crime, but said he allegedly admitted to pulling the trigger in retaliation for a botched drug deal, but the Squib’s home ended up being the wrong target.
“I guess if you want to call it motive, it had nothing to do with the Squibs. Quidetto was involved in a botched drug transaction where he was trying to scare somebody and had the completely wrong residence,” Limani said.
Squib was a mother of two and a beloved figure in her community and church.
She told her husband she felt like she got bit by something after she was found shot in her bedroom on Pandora Road early Monday morning. She died at the hospital.
“We just thought as a group, thought it was very important we explain to the people in Derry Township what happened so they’re not laying in bed at night wondering if they’re the next one or if this person is still on the loose,” Limani said.
Quidetto was picked up in a traffic stop last night near Hostetter and troopers confirmed the police activity in Loyalhanna Township Wednesday night was connected to his arrest.
“A lot of that police presence was definitely linked to some of this investigation trying to help us, trying to put to rest exactly who the person was that killed Tracy,” Limani said.
Quidetto has been charged wit homicide and is in the Westmoreland county prison without bail.
He’s due back in court next month.
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