ETNA (KDKA) – Two people were shot and killed in Etna this morning and a suspect is in custody thanks to a quick-acting neighbor.
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Two men and two women were partying in the suspect’s third floor apartment prior to shots being fired. The victims are being identified as 22-year-old Melissa Zuk of McCandless and 30-year-old Derek Schindler of Glenshaw.
“It seemed that they were all friends and everything was contained in the apartment,” Allegheny County Police Acting Supt. James Morton said.
Meanwhile, a neighbor detained the suspect, 30-year-old Josh Huber, until police arrived.
“The individual lived upstairs, came down and detained the actor until the police arrived, so he did a real good job on that,” Morton said.
Huber had only lived in the apartment for a couple of months. He’s claiming the shooting was self-defense.
KDKA’s Harold Hayes: “Anything you want to say about this case?”
Huber: “Yeah, self-defense.”
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Although, he couldn’t recall just why there was a confrontation.
“That’s still unknown,” Huber said while being escorted out of police headquarters in handcuffs.
The neighbor who detained Huber called Marty Griffin on NewsRadio 1020 KDKA about how he jumped into action when he heard a series of gunshots.
“I grabbed my 12-gauge, headed down the stairs, saw two people deceased in the living room and a guy standing in the middle of the room covered in blood. I held him at gunpoint until the cops came,” Don Cox said.
He says saw a gun on a table in the living room and ordered Huber to the floor.
“Kept trying to fidget around and fidget around and kept trying to crawl his way toward me until I stuck the barrel of my gun in his forehead,” he said.
Listen to the full interview:
Huber has been charged with criminal homicide.
Another woman was taken to the hospital, but police do not believe she was shot. But it appeared that she may have been impaired in some manner.
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