Bensalem shooting: Shooter wanted in Peter Romano killing dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound after police chase in Ohio

By | November 3, 2023

BENSALEM, Pa. (WPVI) — The suspected shooter in the Halloween shooting in Bensalem that left a 14-year-old boy dead has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said Friday. Bensalem Township police said they identified Sean Hughes, 19, of Morrisville, as a person of interest.

Snyder Middle School student Pietro “Pierre” Romano was killed when shots rang out during a large fight on Halloween night.

The deadly shooting happened around 7:35 p.m. Tuesday in the area of ​​Bristol Pike and Woodbine Avenue.

Police said Romano, 14, was fatally shot in the chest when a gunman opened fire on a crowd of people.

A 17-year-old and a 19-year-old were also shot but are expected to survive.

Several bullet holes scattered along the wall of a lounge in the nearby shopping center are eerie reminders of the deadly shooting.

The shooter was seen fleeing north on Bristol Pike after firing a dozen shots.

The vehicle used in the shooting was identified as a gray 2014 Hyundai Elantra with Pennsylvania license plate JHF-2866. Police said they determined the vehicle was stolen out of Bristol Township and was registered with the National Criminal Intelligence Center as a criminal vehicle.

Then on Thursday, police in Marysville, Ohio, spotted the vehicle using a license plate reader and attempted to stop it. The driver, identified as Hughes, failed to stop and a police chase ensued.

When police found Hughes, they said he died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Bensalem police said it was still unclear whether the shooter was involved in the large fight.

“We will continue to pursue all leads in an attempt to identify any other potential suspects involved in planning or soliciting this crime, including the occupants of the vehicle used in the murder,” Bensalem police said. “We understand that people in our community are emotionally affected by this tragedy, and some to the point that they may want to take the law into their own hands. This must not happen.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Bensalem police.

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