Man accused in gun death of his mother in Munhall

Prompted standoff when police arrived


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A 41-year-old man has been charged with homicide after he allegedly shot and killed his mother because she upset him and then barricaded himself inside the Munhall apartment they shared.

Anthony Scholl lived in the Munhall-Homesteads Housing Association on Longfellow Drive with his mother, Bernadette Scholl, 74, according to Lt. Andrew Schurman of the county police homicide unit.

When police got there Thursday morning, Mr. Scholl ran upstairs, prompting a standoff. He was Tased during the incident, and Allegheny County special weapons and tactics officers took him into custody before 1 p.m., about three hours after they arrived.

Officers had found Ms. Scholl's body on the first floor, said James Morton, county police assistant superintendent. Authorities believe she was shot during the night.

One of Mr. Scholl's sisters was also in the apartment but was unharmed. It's not clear why she didn't leave after the shooting.

Sandra Scholl, called 911 Thursday morning before 10 o'clock to report her mother had been shot, according to court documents.

Mr. Morton said Mr. Scholl telephoned other siblings after the shooting and told them what he had done. A sister, Dana Cummings, told police that he said, "I shot mom last night because she upset me."

County police said they found three firearms on the second floor, where Mr. Scholl had barricaded himself.

Judy Joyner, a neighbor and longtime friend of Ms. Scholl, said Mr. Scholl had moved with his mother and a sister to the housing community about a year ago. He had spent time in prison, Ms. Joyner said, adding that friends cautioned Ms. Scholl about him moving in.

"She didn't think he'd do anything to harm her," Ms. Joyner said.

Court records show Mr. Scholl pleaded guilty to aggravated assault in 1996 and was sentenced to four to 10 years in prison. The length of his incarceration was not immediately available.

Fighting back tears, Ms. Joyner said she had talked with her friend on the phone just the night before. As was her habit, Ms. Scholl told her, "Good night, God bless you, and I love you."

She always took care of everyone before herself, Ms. Joyner said. "I just don't know what I'm going to do without her."

Mr. Scholl has been charged with homicide and weapons violations and remains in the Allegheny County Jail.

An autopsy will be performed today, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's office said.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1944. Twitter: @borntolede. Lexi Belculfine: lbelculfine@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1878. Twitter: @LexiBelc. First Published March 28, 2013 3:15 PM


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