Teen Killed in Bensalem Identified, 17 Year-Old Remains Hospitalized
The 14-year-old victim who was shot and killed in Bensalem Tuesday has been identified by authorities.
*Peter Romano, was a student at Snyder Middle School and Bensalem resident. He was shot in the chest, not the neck as previously reported. He was pronounced dead upon arrival at Jefferson -Torresdale Hospital, police said.
The other two victims were 17 years-old and 19 years-old. The 19-year-old male was treated for gunshot wounds to his lower extremities and released last night. The 17-year-old is still in the hospital in stable condition and will receive surgery to repair injuries to both legs. Notifications have been made to the family members of the victims and the police department is keeping them updated on the investigation, Sgt Glenn Vandergrift said Wednesday afternoon.
Bensalem Police urge anyone who was at the scene of the shooting or anyone with additional information to contact Detective Brian Oliverio (215) 633-3669 or Detective Larry Leith (215) 633-3713. You can also provide an anonymous tip here
“We will follow up on any information and leads that are provided,” said Vandergrift
Bensalem Police responded to the area of Bristol Pike and Woodbine Avenue for reports of a large group of juveniles fighting. Upon arrival, Bensalem Police found three shooting victims at that location.
“Witnesses stated that the shots were fired from a vehicle that was parked at Woodbine Avenue and Bristol Pike. After the shooting, the vehicle then fled the scene at a high rate of speed northbound on Bristol Pike,” police said
Tipsters told Lower Bucks Source they saw something fly out a passenger side —“like it was thrown” window- of a dark colored “sporty looking car” moments after a vehicle was seen speeding away from Napoli’s Pizza. Authorities haven’t confirmed or denied the witness’ accounts.
The Bensalem Township School District is assisting any students or staff who may be affected by this tragedy. Please speak with your children and utilize the available resources if you suspect that they need help coping with this tragedy, authorities said.
“This is an active investigation involving the Bensalem Township Police Department, the Bucks County District Attorney’s Office, and the Bensalem Township School District. We are utilizing all resources at our disposal to identify and arrest any persons who may be involved in this shooting and homicide,” said Vandergrift.
Editor’s Note: With apologies to Peter Romano’s family and friends an earlier version of this story had the young man’s name wrong. We’ve updated the story to reflect his name as his family wants it to be in press accounts. We apologize for the error/