PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – An ongoing argument is reportedly what prompted a fatal shooting in Homestead on Friday. The suspect is an elderly funeral home owner.
Betty Esper, the mayor of Homestead, said, “It’s a shock; I don’t know what else to say. I feel like my father just did something terrible. We’re all good friends in this town.”
Esper was reacting to the news that long-time Homestead funeral director, 89-year-old William Welsh, was arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of 58-year-old William Menni of McKees Rocks.
The shooting took place near Welsh’s funeral home after a verbal confrontation between the two men escalated in a parking lot adjacent to the funeral home where a vacant house was being demolished.
Esper said Menni was once friends with Welsh and even did embalming work for him at his funeral home, located on East 10th Avenue.
A police criminal complaint says Welsh told detectives that Menni began assaulting him, and then pushed him physically.
Welsh explained that he “snapped, pulled out a gun from his pocket and shot Menni twice.”
“This is like a horror story, like you are having a bad dream, and you say, ‘No, it didn’t happen.’ It’s sad, very sad,” Mayor Esper said.
As he was being escorted by Allegheny County Police to a waiting van Friday evening, Welsh told reporters, “I shot him; yes, because of harassment all the time.”