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Man charged with shooting two in custody dispute

June 17, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man accused of shooting two people in a child custody dispute Saturday afternoon was arrested after a brief standoff with Martinsburg City Police.

Antonio Digirolamo, 55, of 307 Rosemont Ave., was charged with two counts of felony malicious wounding shortly after the 1:49 p.m. incident at his West End home, said Detective Sgt. George Swartwood.

Digirolamo was being held at the Eastern Regional Jail awaiting arraignment, police said.

The suspect's niece, Michelina Digirolamo, 30, of the first block of Capitol Drive, Martinsburg, underwent surgery at City Hospital for two gunshot wounds - one to the breast and another to the abdomen.

Her condition was fair Saturday night, according to a nursing supervisor.

Jason Rocheleau, 20, of High Point, N.C., was shot in the neck, police said. Rocheleau, described by police as Michelina Digirolamo's boyfriend, was flown to Fairfax (Va.) Inova Hospital where his condition was unavailable Saturday night.

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All three were at Antonio Digirolamo's residence when an argument began over custody and visitation of Michelina Digirolamo's children, police said.

Antonio Digirolamo is accused of going to his vehicle, retrieving a 9mm semiautomatic pistol and shooting the two victims, police said.

The number, ages and whereabouts of the children wasn't known Saturday night.

When the call came in, it was determined both shooting victims were still inside the house, as was an armed suspect, police said.

Police arrived a short time later and after a brief standoff were able to enter the house, get the gun and arrest the suspect, police said.

The two victims were then taken to hospitals.

Police said the investigation is ongoing.

Saturday's shooting was the second in less than two years in the 300 block of Rosemont Avenue.

Chad Joseph Cordell was sentenced to 20 years in prison earlier this year after being convicted of gunning down a teenager on a sidewalk there in December 1998. Prosecution witnesses testified at his trial that Cordell, 23, shot Joey DeLoa five times in the 300 block of Rosemont Avenue with a .22-caliber handgun after the 16-year-old youth grabbed a $2 pot during a card game.

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