Man fatally shot in North Huntingdon home

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The Westmoreland County District Attorney's office has not determined whether it will file charges in the fatal shooting of an intruder in North Huntingdon early Saturday.

Thomas E. Weber Jr., 43, of Greensburg, was gunned down in the home of Kathryn Scalzitti, located in the 9000 block of Hill Drive. Raymond Costa, 51, admitted to shooting Mr. Weber to protect Ms. Scalzitti but has not been charged.

District Attorney John Peck said the three knew each other before the fatal encounter early Saturday, but he did not know the nature of their relationships. On Friday, Mr. Weber let himself in because he had a key to the home but no longer lived there. He then retrieved a gun in the home and shot at Ms. Scalzitti while she was in bed, hitting the wall above her, Mr. Peck said. He was charged with aggravated assault, discharging a firearm into an occupied structure, terroristic threats, recklessly endangering another person, criminal mischief and harassment.

Mr. Weber continued to threaten both Ms. Scalzitti and Mr. Costa in phone calls and text messages, Mr. Peck said.

Early Saturday morning, Mr. Peck said Mr. Weber again let himself in, this time brandishing a heavy metal pipe. As he went up the stairs, Mr. Costa, who was in the bedroom with Ms. Scalzitti, fired at him at least three times but missed. Mr. Weber proceeded into the bedroom and lunged at Mr. Costa, who lifted his left forearm and was struck. Mr. Costa fired the gun, hitting Mr. Weber multiple times at around 2:30 a.m. Mr. Weber was pronounced dead at the scene.


Moriah Balingit: mbalingit@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2533.


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