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2 shooting victims remain hospitalized

June 18, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

MARTINSBURG , W.Va. - Two people remained hospitalized Sunday evening after they were shot a day earlier during what police characterized as a custody dispute.

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Michelina Digirolamo, 30, of the first block of Capitol Drive in Martinsburg, was listed in satisfactory condition at City Hospital in Martinsburg, hospital officials said. She underwent surgery Saturday for two gunshot wounds, one to the abdomen and one to the breast, Martinsburg City Police said.

Jason Rocheleau, 20, of Highpoint, N.C., was in critical condition at Fairfax (Va.) Inova Hospital, a nursing supervisor said. He was in the intensive care unit after being shot in the neck.

Antonio Digirolamo, 55, of 307 Rosemont Ave., was charged with two counts of felony malicious wounding in the shooting. He was being held Sunday at the Eastern Regional Jail pending a bond hearing, said Berkeley County Prosecuting Attorney Pamela Games-Neely

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Martinsburg City Police said all three were at Antonio Digirolamo's residence when an argument over custody and visitation of Michelina Digirolamo's children broke out at 1:49 p.m.

Michelina Digirolamo is the niece of Antonio Digirolamo. Police alleged that Antonio Digirolamo went to his vehicle, retrieved a 9 mm pistol and shot Michelina Digirolamo and Rocheleau.

Police arrived shortly afterward. After a brief standoff they went into the home, got the gun and took Antonio Digirolamo into custody, according to police.

Games-Neely said police were continuing their investigation of the incident.

Games-Neeley said Michelina Digirolamo's children were staying with relatives. She did not know how many children there were or their ages.

Games-Neely said there was no record of domestic violence reports at the home previously.

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