Washington shooting victims identified

April 29, 2013
Two people were shot at this house on East Katherine Avenue late Friday night. - Katie Roupe / Observer-Reporter Order a Print

Washington police released the names of the two people shot at a home near Washington Hospital as detectives continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Friday’s incident.

City police Lt. Daniel Stanek said Zoe Tuff, 41, was shot in the shoulder, back and neck with a shotgun while she was outside her home at 194 E. Katherine Ave. Robert Marsh, 58, was shot in the groin by an assailant armed with a revolver inside the house.

Both were flown to UPMC-Presbyterian hospital in Pittsburgh. Marsh was released Saturday, and Tuff was expected to be released Monday.

Police were called to the home about 11 p.m. Friday. Tuff, who had gone outside to get her dog, was found injured, sitting on the porch. Marsh had been standing in the kitchen area when a gunman walked through the door and shot him.

Washington County Coroner Tim Warco, who lives nearby, heard what he at first thought was the sound of firecrackers. He then heard Tuff’s cries for help and called 911.

“There were at least two shooters,” Stanek said Monday. “We believe the shots inside the house were from a revolver, based on the lack of casings. We believe she was shot with a shotgun.

“We don’t know if she surprised one of them when she was outside,” the detective added. “They have no idea why they were targeted. We don’t know a motive right now.”

One suspect was described as a white man wearing a dark hat, blue mask and gray sweatshirt. The other was a black man with a beard, wearing a black hat.

Stanek said no vehicle was seen in the area. Anyone who might have information is asked to call Stanek at 724-223-1386.

Kathie O. Warco has covered the police beat and transportation for the Observer-Reporter for more than 25 years. She graduated from Duquesne University with a degree in journalism.

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