New Details Emerge About Suspect In Fatal Ligonier Bar Shooting

LIGONIER (KDKA) – One man was killed in a local bar Monday night, and police say it all began because of an argument over the television.

Residents told KDKA-TV’s Trina Orlando that Fat Daddy’s Bar is a family-oriented place and even closes early to keep things like this from happening.

The restaurant was closed today with a sign on the door saying their thoughts and prayers are with the victim’s family.

Around 6:45 p.m. Monday police were called for reports of an active shooter.

When they arrived, 65-year-old Donald Holler was dead due to a single gunshot wound to the back. Two bar patrons had the gunman pinned to the ground.

The gunman has been identified as 40-year-old Stephen Fromholz.

He’d only been in the bar for about 10 minutes when he became angry over what was on the television.

Patrons thought the situation had resolved itself until minutes later, when Fromholz went to his truck and returned with a semi-automatic rifle.

He fired one shot at Holler and possibly got off another before two bar patrons tackled him to the ground.

Bar patrons were shocked that this happened at what they describe as a family-oriented restaurant.

The suspect is from Texas and according to sources, he came to the area with the intent to kill his step-daughter who had taken money from his bank account.

However, he decided to get a drink when he couldn’t locate the family member.

Fromholz is now charged with criminal homicide and is being held in the Westmoreland County Jail without bond.


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  • stormie

    I commend those brave patrons for putting their life in harms way to help out another fellow human being, you just don’t see that anymore. I hope the killers step-daughter is ok too because he has a nasty temper and I understand her reason to escape.

    • Tin

      He got a two for one special by dating a woman with a daughter who is of age. He was probably making moves on her and that’s why she fled to bad the old guy got it instead.
      The same thing happened in East liberty years ago when a jitney driver was hitting up on his step-daughter for years so her mother kicked her out. The guy ends up killing the mom and his own son, then sets the house on fire to kill grandma.

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