VINELAND, N.J. – Police on Monday were investigating the shooting deaths of three people in a town house here the night before.
Police received a call about a shooting at a town house complex at about 11 p.m. Sunday. When they arrived, they found Debra Smaniotto, 43, shot to death in the master bedroom of her town house. Also shot to death in the bedroom was Bruce Bertoldi, 47, who lived elsewhere in Vineland.
The man believed to be the shooter, Edgar Carrasquillo, 45, of Camden, was dead outside near his truck, parked near some town house mailboxes, police said.
Police were still investigating the exact circumstances, but believed the deaths were a homicide-suicide involving a romance gone bad. Smaniotto and Carrasquillo had been romantically involved in the past, police said.
"All three parties were in some kind of romantic relationship. It may have been a relation that had ended," police Lt. Tom Ulrich said.
When police arrived at the town house, they also found Smaniotto's 15-year-old daughter asleep, unaware of the shooting that had taken place.
Town house complex resident Stella Falciani said the woman in the town house had lived there for about 10 years and was a nurse, and the mother of a teenage daughter who she saw there sometimes.
Falciani, who's been at the development for 17, said it was the "worst disturbance" she'd seen in all those years.
Mary Jane Brewer, who lives in the town house next door to one where the bodies were found, said she heard two bangs, then two more bangs a moment later, late Sunday night. But she said she didn't associate them with gunshots at the time.
According to Brewer, her neighbor had only broken up with her boyfriend a few months ago. Brewer said she never heard arguments or anything to indicate the breakup was especially acrimonious.