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Shop N’ Save Shooter Identified, Charged

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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Police have identified and charged the man who allegedly shot and killed another man in the parking lot of a Shop N’ Save Thursday.

Brandon Thomas, 30, is charged with criminal homicide.

He was arraigned at 4 a.m. Friday morning and is being held in the Washington County Correctional Facility without bond.

Around 4 p.m. Thursday, Thomas, who was driving a Hummer, got into a fender bender with 55-year-old Vaughn Simonelli, who was driving a small Pontiac Grand Prix.

It took place at the Washington Shop N’ Save grocery store in the 100-block of West Beau Street.

The two men engaged in a heated argument, which led to Simonelli punching Thomas in the face. After that, Thomas pulled out a gun and shot Simonelli twice, then called 9-1-1, according to a witness.

“I knew something was going to happen the way the arguing was going down,” witness Tim Grimes said Friday. “My wife was with me; I pushed her to the ground because the man was firing, he was firing this way.”

Simonelli was pronounced dead at 4:30 p.m. Friday. He was a truck driver and father of five.

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