A Pennsylvanian teacher has been shot dead by a stray bullet that was fired outside her home as she slept on Monday morning.
Police are investigating the death of Tracy Marey Squib, a 52-year-old woman from Derry Township, as a homicide.
‘It appears … that the gunshot came from outside the house, penetrated into the house and struck this woman,’ said Trooper Steve Limani, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. ‘We’re dealing with a very unusual set of circumstances.’
Authorities were called at 4am and told that Squib had been shot in the chest while she was in bed at her home on Pandora Road.
There were three others sleeping inside the home at the time of the shooting.
Squib was taken to the Excela Health Latrobe Hospital by ambulance but died at the medical center, Westmoreland County Deputy Coroner Joshua Zappone said.
‘Right now, we’re working very hard to try and figure out and put the pieces together of what transpired here at this residence,’ Limani added.
The mother-of-two was described as hard working and fun by Pastor Jason Losier of Grace Bible Academy. Squib worked for the school for 15 years.
Squib taught third and fourth grade at the school and helped organize a prom each year.
‘With Tracy, you knew she was in the building or on the property well before you saw her because her laugh was very distinct and very loud and infectious,’ Losier said. ‘I have no idea how she can be replaced in any way as a friend, as a staff member, as a church member, as a mother. She can’t be replaced.’
No arrests have been made and it is was not elaborated on whether the mother was the intended target.
‘It appears for certain that this bullet resonated from outside the residence and penetrated inside the residence, subsequently striking Tracy,’ he said. ‘Unfortunately, that location of where it struck her ended up being fatal.’