The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


October 23, 2009

Boyfriend kills self in church after killing his girlfriend

POTTSVILLE (AP) — Police say a man killed himself inside a church after fatally shooting his girlfriend outside an eastern Pennsylvania Social Security office.

Pottsville police say 51-year-old Frank Manganiello shot Sandra Pucci around noon today before fleeing to the First United Methodist Church and killing himself. Manganiello's body was found at the altar.

Investigators say Manganiello shot Pucci in the parking lot after they argued at the market where she worked. The 49-year-old woman was taken to a hospital but later died.

The Rev. Storm Hutchinson says more than 30 people were in the church when Manganiello arrived but all escaped to safety. Hutchinson says Manganiello, of Schuylkill Haven, was not a member of church.

Pottsville is about 75 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

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