SALEM TWP. — Three were left dead in Salem Township Tuesday night after an argument turned violent.
Carrie Martini, 45, and Dale Thomas, 61 of Waymart, were found deceased at the residence on 171 Eisenhauer Road, shot by William Rowen, 60 of Lake Ariel, who then turned the gun on himself, police said.
According to a release, Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) officers from the Blooming Grove and Honesdale stations responded to a call around 8:30 p.m., “... after neighbors contacted Wayne County 911 to report hearing arguing and multiple gunshots from the house next door.”
Arriving at the residence, PSP found Martini “... lying on the ground just outside the door, deceased with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper torso.”
Police established a perimeter around the house and attempted to contact Rowen.
The PSP Special Emergency Response Team was called to the scene and gained entry where all three individuals were found dead.
According to a media release, police discovered through investigation that Rowen “... appeared at Martini’s residence earlier in the evening and confronted her and Thomas.”
The report states the neighbors believed the perpetrator to be Martini’s ex boyfriend, Rowen.
The couple had recently split and Martini began dating Thomas, states the release.
“During the confrontation, [Rowen] shot and killed both Thomas and Martini,” states the release. Rowen “... then committed suicide by shooting himself.”
The decedents were all identified Wednesday morning by Wayne County Coroner, Edward Howell.
The decedents were then sent to the medical examiner for autopsies and further investigation.
The investigation is still ongoing with more information expected to be released as it becomes available.