Tragedy occurred Friday evening in Asheville, a small town in central Pennsylvania, when a shootout between family members left four people slain.
Late Friday evening, John Frew (67), his wife Roberta (64) and their adult son, John Jr. (47) were sitting around the Frew’s living room, when someone knocked at the door. The caller was their estranged daughter, Josephine (43) and her husband, Jeffrey Ruckinger (43).
Josephine had been on bad terms with her family for over 20 years, after a 20-year-old Josephine “and a boyfriend trashed her parents’ home and stole items including a pistol, then fled to Pittsburgh.” A relative explained that the Frews had had little to do with her in the intervening years.
As Roberta Frew opened the front door, Josephine opened fire with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun, killing her mother. The two assailants then entered the house, killing John Jr. with a shot to his chest.
Retrieving a .22 caliber revolver from a back bedroom, John Sr. entered the living room. Josephine pointed her gun at him. John Frew opened fire on the intruders, killing his daughter with a single shot to the head. Jeffrey Ruckinger was also felled by several bullets. John, Sr. remained unharmed.
The motive for this crime is currently being investigated by local authorities in the small Pennsylvania town. While the family’s rocky past would seem to have played a part in the crime, police have yet to release further details.