A dispute over shoveling snow turned deadly when a man fatally shot his two neighbors before taking his own life in Pennsylvania, authorities said.
Jeffrey Spaide, 47, shot dead his across-the-street neighbors, James Goy, 50, and his wife Lisa, 48, as they were clearing snow Monday morning in Plains Township, The Citizen’s Voice reported.
“Apparently there’s been an ongoing dispute between neighbors, some of which involved a dispute about snow disposal and removal,” Luzerne County First Assistant District Attorney Sam Sanguedolce said.
“They’re across the street from each other, and when they would remove snow they would throw it across the street at the other person’s property.”
After slaughtering the couple, Spaide then went back inside his home and grabbed an AR-15-style rifle, authorities said.
A snowplow makes its way through the storm on February 1, 2021.MediaNews Group via Getty Images
“He retrieved the rifle and shot them again,” Plains Twp. police Sgt. Michael Smith told the paper.
Police said Spaide then went back inside his home and used a third rifle to kill himself.
Snow falls along Schuylkill Ave. in Reading, Pennsylvania on February 1, 2021. MediaNews Group via Getty Images
Prosecutors are investigating their deaths as an apparent murder-suicide.
The gruesome incident came as Winter Storm Orlena pounded the East Coast, dumping more as much as 30 inches of snow in some regions.
Meanwhile, an elderly woman also froze to death in Pennsylvania, after she wandered away from home in the storm.
Patricia A. Becker, 67, who has Alzheimer’s disease, was pronounced dead from hypothermia early Monday after being found lying on a street about four blocks from her Allentown home, the Morning Call reported.
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