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19-year-old Sean Hughes “person of interest” in the Halloween shooting death of a 14-year-old Pietro “Peter” Romano found dead

Two other teenagers are currently recuperating from their injuries.



Update: Sean Hughes, a 19-year-old from Morrisville, who was a person of interest in the shooting death of a 14-year-old Bensalem boy, has taken his own life.

Authorities reported that Hughes died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound near Marysville, Ohio. While Hughes was never formally charged in the murder, his vehicle was identified as being involved in the Tuesday shooting.

He had been under investigation regarding the Halloween killing of Peter Romano, 14, who was with a group of juveniles at a Bensalem strip mall when someone opened fire, injuring Romano and two others.

On Halloween night, two communities in the Philadelphia region experienced frightening incidents. Gunshots caused trick-or-treaters to scatter in New Castle County, while in Bensalem, Bucks County, a tragic triple shooting occurred, resulting in the loss of 14-year-old Peter Romano’s life.

Two other teenagers are currently recuperating from their injuries.

The Bensalem Township School District issued a statement regarding Romano, a student within the district.

“Today, I write to address a deeply troubling and distressing incident that occurred within our community. It is with a heavy heart that I share that Pietro Romano, a 14-year-old Snyder student, was tragically killed last evening. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the affected individuals and their families during this incredibly challenging time,” part of the statement from the school district read.  

On Halloween night, Bensalem police discovered Romano, along with a 17 and a 19-year-old, with gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a shopping center at Bristol Pike and Woodbine Avenue.

According to Bensalem police, shots were fired from a vehicle parked near the shopping center, after which the driver fled northbound on Bristol Pike. Bensalem investigators have not yet provided a description of the vehicle or the suspect. The case is still under active investigation, and authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward.

Original Report:

The Bensalem Police Department has verified that three juveniles sustained gunshot wounds. They received numerous reports of an ongoing altercation. As officers were en route, additional reports of a shooting came in. Eyewitnesses at the scene reported that one officer was performing CPR on a victim. Bensalem police have confirmed that there is a lone shooter who fled in a vehicle, heading south on Bristol Pike.

A shooting incident has occurred on the 2600 block of Bristol Pike, resulting in three individuals being shot.

Law enforcement quickly responded to the scene in the past hour in response to this violent incident.

Medical personnel are present at the location, providing care to the victims; however, the full extent of their injuries is currently uncertain.

The situation is still developing, with officers actively looking into the details of the shooting.

Residents are urged to steer clear of the area and provide space for emergency services to carry out their operations.

This is a developing story that will be updated when more information is available.