Police: Teen Misses Target, Kills Woman In Homewood
Woman Killed Walking From Carnegie Library
PITTSBURGH -- Pittsburgh police arrested a 15-year-old boy in the fatal shooting of a 60-year-old woman in Homewood early Saturday evening.
Shirley Esseny, of Pittsburgh, was shot while walking back from the Carnegie Library with her best friend shortly after 5 p.m. in the 6800 block of Frankstown Avenue near La Schall Street.
Investigators took a little bit of evidence on the scene and a bleak description of the suspects and turned it into an arrest.
They also found out Esseny was not the intended target.
Friends said Esseny would come to the Homewood library every day with her twin sister, Allison.
The two would dress alike, sit in the same chairs every day and spend the entire afternoon reading and talking, Nicotra reported. Those who knew Esseny said she was kind and pleasant and felt at home at the library.
"They never leave without coming to that counter or finding me and saying, 'Yvonne, we're leaving, we love you.' And I always tell them, 'thank you' or, 'I love you too' and I always said, 'Be careful girls,' because they held hands," said Library Clerk Specialist Yvonne Lipscomb.
The police criminal complaint reports that Anthony Thomas, 15, and his friend Robert Brown were going to buy tennis shoes when they saw Romeo Price, a person Thomas reportedly doesn’t like and said he wanted to kill.
The two then walked to a train overpass that crosses Frankstown Avenue and waited for Price to drive by so they could shoot him, according to the complaint.
"When officers arrived, they found a 60-year-old female down on the ground. She apparently had a gunshot wound to the lower abdomen and she was in very bad shape at the time," Pittsburgh police Cmdr. Thomas Stangrecki said.
Esseny was taken to UPMC-Presbyterian, where she later died.
A relative told WTAE Channel 4 Action News that Esseny was walking with her best friend, and the two called each other twin sisters. The relative said the two even dressed and looked alike.
The relative also said Esseny was staying in Homewood at a transitional care facility after Esseny's Munhall home burned down nearly six years ago. Esseny reportedly passed her time by spending every day at the nearby library.
Thomas is charged with Esseny’s murder but he told investigators Brown took the weapon off of him and fired the shots. Brown is not facing any charges at this time.