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Suspect says he can't recall shooting

June 19, 2000|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man charged in the Saturday shooting of his niece and her boyfriend told police that he does not remember what happened, according to a criminal complaint prepared by Martinsburg Police.

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Antonio Digirolamo, 55, of South Rosemont Avenue, Martinsburg, has been charged with two counts of malicious wounding and two counts of wanton endangerment.

The shooting may have been over a custody dispute, according to police.

Digirolamo is charged with shooting Michelina Digirolamo, 30, of 29 Capitol Drive, Martinsburg, and Jason Rocheleau, 20, of High Point, N.C., with a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol at Anthony Digirolamo's home.

Rocheleau, who police say was shot in the neck, was listed in [XX] condition at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Virginia Monday evening. He was flown there after being taken to City Hospital in Martinsburg.

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Michelina Digirolamo, who police said was shot once in the abdomen and once in the breast, was in satisfactory condition Monday evening at City Hospital. She underwent surgery on Saturday.

A complaint filed along with the charges against Antonio Digirolamo says that he gave a voluntary statement to police.

The complaint alleges he said that after an argument inside his home about visitation and custody of the children, he went outside to smoke a cigarette.

The next thing he realized was that he had a gun in his hand and that Michelina Digirolamo and Rocheleau had been shot, according to the complaint.

Antonio Digirolamo was being held in the Eastern Regional Jail on $150,000 bond, which was set by Magistrate Sandra Miller. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday.

When police responded to the home at about 1:49 p.m. Saturday, officers were told that the shooter was still inside the house. There was a "brief standoff," according to police.

In the criminal complaint, police allege that Antonio Digirolamo told them he got a 9 mm gun out of the trunk of his car.

When officers arrived and asked him to come out, he obeyed and threw the gun down, Digirolamo allegedly said in his statement to police.

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