Police: Man lied about injured dog to draw wife before Murrysville killing
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A 21-year-old man shot two of his wife's friends, one fatally, before killing himself Saturday afternoon in a Murrysville parking lot, police said today.
Michael L. Lunsford had called his wife, Ashley McHugh, 22, and told her that her dog had been hit by a car and that it needed to go to a vet -- all a ploy to lure her to a parking lot near the East Suburban Animal Hospital, Murrysville police Chief Thomas Seefeld said at a morning press conference.
Chief Seefeld said police received two calls for several shots fired at the Cozy Inn lot about 7:25 p.m.
Once there, police saw a red pickup truck, which they learned belonged to Mr. Lunsford, and a dark-colored SUV, driven by the Llewellyn family.
They also saw a man, later identified as Joe Llewellyn, cradling his wife, Gina, 50, who had been fatally shot in the chest, Chief Seefeld said.
It was the municipality's first homicide since 2000, Chief Seefeld said.
A second woman, their 22-year-old daughter, Lynall Llewellyn, was also lying on the ground with what the chief called a "life-threatening" gunshot wound to the upper torso.
She was flown to Allegheny General Hospital and remains in critical condition.
Mr. and Mrs. Llewellyn's 11-year-old niece was also in the SUV. She, Mr. Llewellyn and Ms. McHugh, were not harmed.
Police saw Mr. Lunsford on the ground next to the truck with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, Chief Seefeld said.
The investigation revealed that Ms. McHugh had been visiting the Llewellyn family in the Allegheny Township area when her husband called about the dog.
Chief Seefeld said when the five pulled into the lot near the animal hospital, Ms. McHugh got out and, not seeing her dog, got in a verbal argument with her husband near his truck.
Mrs. Llewellyn and her daughter got out of their SUV and Mr. Lunsford walked around his truck with a rifle and shot them once each, Chief Seefeld said.
Chief Seefeld said it appears the couple, who wed about two months ago and lived with Ms. McHugh's parents on School Road South, had a "rocky marriage."
"We're putting together that perhaps he was a little obsessive and controlling with Ashley," he said.
Ms. McHugh told police her husband grabbed and punched her two or three weeks ago, but the incident was never reported to authorities.
Police found a suicide note in Mr. Lunsford's pocket, but Chief Seefeld declined to discuss details. He said the note contained no threats or plans to harm Ms. McHugh.
Police know little else about Mr. Lunsford. He was discharged from the Army last summer and is originally from out of state. Chief Seefeld did not know the details of his discharge or his duties in the military.
Murrysville police have had no previous encounters with him, Chief Seefeld said.
Chief said the rifle used in the killing, a .30-30, was not reported stolen. Police found three rounds at the scene and no other ammunition in the truck.
First Published February 25, 2013 12:30 am