Les Anderson admits he shot his roommate on Friday, but told police he did it in self defense. They agreed and let him go pending further investigation. Unfortunately for Anderson, his other roommate has a different tale to tell.
Marcie Cipriani from WTAE Action News 4 visited Anderson at his home in Roscoe, Penn., and he told her:
“I was afraid. I was scared. He pushes me on to the bed, I get up, I go around the bed, grab the gun out of the top drawer of my dresser, and then he comes and just starts [punching me] boom, boom, boom, boom.”
But Anderson’s other roommate, Patty Harger, claims she was there, and that Anderson shot Kuch in the chest first, and then Kuch punched him.
“I finally got in the room, and I saw Shawn hitting him because he was protecting himself […] because he had a gun wound in his chest already.”
Harger also insists Anderson feels jealous about her relationship with Kuch. When Cipriani confronted Anderson, he replied that he had been, but this is no longer the case:
“I was, because we still had a relationship in a way.”
Cipriani then goes on to explain that the shooter was upset about Hanger, but only out of concern for her well being.
“And Anderson admits the argument that led to the shooting was over Hanger, but not about jealousy. And he says he made that clear to Kuch when the two walked in from the bar next door.”
Apparently, Anderson was upset that these two fully-grown adults were out too late and drinking too much.
“I says, ‘You’re over there, she got MS, she shouldn’t be drinking as much as she does, you don’t even care for her.'”
Kuch then appears to have stumbled back towards the bar, and collapsed “near the curb” in front of it. An emergency crew came and flew him to a hospital in Pittsburg, which reports him to be in “serious but stable condition.”
In an earlier report from WTAE, courtney Fischer spoke with police officer Stefani Plume, who stated:
“Based on the interviews we’ve done so far, it appears as though it were more or less a self defense type of incident, involving the older male — who was the shooter in this case — basically protecting himself.
So now, this utterly baffled writer wonders: What the heck is she missing here?
A man shoots his roommate — with whom he “still had a relationship in a way” — because he’d been out drinking late with their other roommate. They get into a fight, Anderson shoots his unarmed roommate, claims it was self defense, and the police let him go and don’t press charges? And now, even with a conflicting account of events, reporters and police remain inclined to let Anderson off the hook?
What the hell? Apparently, we’ve truly become a nation of “shoot first, ask questions later.”
Man second amendments his roommate.
Here’s the video with the news report from WTAE:
Photo: Screen grab via WTAE Action News 4.