NORTH EAST — Police said Monday that there were “issues” between a North East Township woman and the man who shot and killed her and their neighbor Saturday.
Teresa A. Maroglio, 54, and Christopher G. Feucht, 52, were sitting on Feucht’s patio when James L. Hemmis Jr., 53, got a handgun from the home he shared with Maroglio, walked across the driveway and opened fire, police said.
Feucht was still sitting in a patio chair when he was shot multiple times in the torso and head, said Trooper Cindy Owens, Troop E’s public information officer.
Maroglio’s body was found in a side yard of the home. She also had been shot multiple times in the torso and head, Owens said.
Hemmis died of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His body also was found in Feucht’s yard, Owens said.
The motive for the shootings isn’t clear, she said.
“We do know that there were issues with the relationship between the shooter and the female victim,” Owens said.
Hemmis left behind no suicide note, Erie County Coroner Lyell Cook said.
Cook ruled that Hemmis’ death was a suicide and Maroglio’s and Feucht’s deaths were homicides.
Feucht’s landlord found the bodies at about 11 a.m. Sunday and called police. The landlord lives in the same cluster of houses, police said.
Neighbor James Landon, who lives on East Lake Road just east of the shooting scene, said he heard three to five loud “pops” Saturday as he was getting ready for bed before dark. He said he first thought the sounds were from fireworks but later suspected they had been gunshots.
Gunshots are not uncommon in the rural area, Landon and another neighbor said.
Homicides in rural eastern Erie County are uncommon.
“It blows my mind,” Landon said. “A shooting like that in my community?”
The shooting scene is just east of Cemetery Road, where Cemetery Road runs south off East Lake Road to West Law Road. The houses where Feucht, Maroglio and Hemmis lived are behind a machine shop that fronts on East Lake Road.
The homicides are the 10th and 11th in Erie County in 2017. Five of the homicides happened outside the city of Erie.