Friday, June 13, 2014
"PITTSBURGH, PA — Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating what appears to be an attempted murder/suicide in Shaler Township on Friday morning.
"The Medical Examiner's Office said Sharon DeMore, 43, of Etna, was pronounced dead just before 7 a.m. Police said the woman was found with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities believe she took her own life after shooting a man, who was taken to a hospital in critical condition.
"Assistant Police Superintendent Jim Morton said the man and the woman were an estranged couple. He said the woman waited on the porch of the man's apartment building on Louann Street and shot the man when he walked outside to go to work.
"`I heard three gunshots—they were like very distinct gunshots—then, 30 seconds later, a fourth shot,` neighbor Cheryl Morece said.
"The description of those shots was the same from everyone who awoke to the sounds. But Morece said her nephew heard something before that.
"`He didn't hear what was going on, just that there was a confrontation going on between a man and a woman,` Morece said.
"Another neighbor said he ran to the building and got there as police were arriving.
"`I could hear a man laying on the ground saying he was shot in the chest,` said the neighbor, who did not want to be identified. `He was saying, 'She shot me, she shot me,' and then they walked up on the porch, and I guess she was laying there and the gun was laying next to her. I heard the officer say the gun is laying right here next to her.`
"Landlord Jodi Frankel said the man has lived there since October. He has not been publicly identified."