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2 dead, 1 hurt in Murrysville shooting

| Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, 8:06 p.m.
Ivestigators work the scene of a homicide with multiple victims at The Cozy Inn just off of route 22 west on February 23, 2013 near Murrysville. Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review
Murrysville police chief Tom Seefeld gives a statement to the press about the shooting at The Cozy Inn just off of route 22 west on February 23, 2013 near Murrysville. Eric Schmadel | Tribune-Review

A man and a woman died in a shooting Saturday outside the Cozy Inn in Murrysville as the result of an apparent domestic dispute, police said.

A second woman was flown by medical helicopter to Allegheny General Hospital in the North Side, said Murrysville police Chief Tom Seefeld. She was in stable condition, he said.

Police did not identify the victims. Seefeld said the man and the dead woman were not related, but he could not say how they knew each other or their relationship with the injured woman.

“We believe it's a domestic disturbance,” Seefeld said.

Police determined that the man fired the gunshots, he said.

“We're still trying to piece this together,” he said.

The shooting occurred in the parking lot.

“It's not a good time right now,” said Paul Berardinelli, who identified himself as one of the brothers who co-own the restaurant. He said he was not present when the shooting occurred.

A 911 call came in about7:25 p.m., according to Murrysville police.

An initial report said three people had been shot. The restaurant, according to an online review, closes early on Saturday.

Bartender Ray Cline said he left the Cozy Inn at 5:30 p.m., and the owner's son was to close up later.

“There were four people in the bar, and it was quiet,” he said.

Police would not say whether they had found a murder weapon.

Police set up three tents in the parking lot to process the crime scene.

Locals described the restaurant as a family place.

“Nothing bad ever happens there,” said Tom Bingham of Murrysville. “You never hear a bad word about that place,” he said.

The restaurant is just off Route 22 on the Cozy Inn Cutoff. Police cordoned off a large area around the restaurant.

Murrysville police were being assisted by state police and Westmoreland County detectives.

Staff writer Renatta Signorini contributed to this report. Joe Napsha and Jeremy Boren are staff writers for Trib Total Media.

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