Police have announced that the suspected gunman in the tragic Bensalem Halloween shooting, which claimed the life of a 14-year-old boy, has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Who was Sean Hughes?
Bensalem Township authorities revealed that they had identified 19-year-old Sean Hughes from Morrisville as a person of interest in the case.
The shooting occurred on Halloween night, around 7:35 p.m., in the vicinity of Bristol Pike and Woodbine Avenue. Tragically, Snyder Middle School student Pietro “Peter” Romano lost his life when gunfire erupted during a large altercation.
During the incident, the assailant opened fire on a crowd of people, resulting in 14-year-old Romano sustaining a fatal gunshot wound to the chest. Two others, aged 17 and 19, were also struck by gunfire but are expected to survive.
The shooter quickly fled the scene, heading northbound on Bristol Pike after discharging approximately a dozen shots. The vehicle used in the shooting was identified as a gray 2014 Hyundai Elantra with the Pennsylvania license plate JHF-2866. It was determined that the vehicle had been stolen from Bristol Township and was marked as a felony vehicle in the National Criminal Intelligence Center.
On a subsequent day, law enforcement in Marysville, Ohio, spotted the vehicle using a license plate reader and attempted to stop it. The driver, Sean Hughes, did not comply, leading to a police pursuit. When Hughes was eventually located, he was found to have died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The authorities are still working to determine if the gunman was directly involved in the large altercation on Halloween night. Bensalem police have assured the community that they will continue their investigation to identify any other potential suspects connected to the crime, including those associated with the vehicle used in the shooting. They also cautioned against vigilante actions, emphasizing the importance of allowing the legal process to unfold.