TUNNELTON (KDKA) – State Police have charged a man in connection with a fatal shooting at an Indiana County gun store. continue to investigate a shooting inside an Indiana County gun store that left one person dead and another person injured Tuesday afternoon.
It was shortly after 2 p.m. when gunshots were heard in the small town of Tunnelton.
KDKA’s Ralph Iannotti Reports:
Frank Petro, 62, who owned and operated Frank’s Gun & Taxidermy Shop, was shot and killed in his shop.
Another man in the shop at the time, 43-year-old Jack Edmundson was shot and wounded in the leg.
Police say Edmundson shot and killed Petro.
Sources say when he was questioned about what happened, Edmundson said he was shot and wounded by Petro, but he was able to get Petro’s gun and then allegedly returned fire fatally wounding the gun shop owner.
Ray Bell, who knew Petro, said he was shocked when he heard what had happened.
He said Petro had operated his business out of his basement for as long as he could remember.
“He was a good guy. He didn’t bother anybody. It’s just a shame this all happened,” said Bell. “I knew Frank, he was actually my boss in the mines. Really nice guy; he was a family guy. He had two boys. I watched the boys grow up.”
Firefighters had to kick in the front door to get inside before state police arrived on the scene.
“It hurts. It’s one of them calls you don’t want to respond to when you know both people involved,” said Capt. David Bruzda, of the Tunnelton Volunteer Fire Department. “I knew Frank very well. I worked for him, worked at his farm. He was a big supporter of the fire hall here in Tunnelton.”
KDKA’s Ross Guidotti Reports:
Just last month, Edmundson was charged with impersonating a police officer among other things after he caught and handcuffed a teenager who was allegedly tossing corn at his car.
The ATF is also involved in the investigation of the double shooting.
The Indiana County Coroner’s Office says an autopsy will be done to determine Petro’s cause and manner of death. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
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