PITTSBURGH - An elementary school music teacher shot his ex-wife while she played the organ during a Sunday church service, then returned minutes later to shoot her again and ensure she was dead before congregants stopped and grabbed him, police said.
The shooting was detailed in a criminal complaint filed Monday against Gregory Eldred, 52, of Coudersport, who remained jailed without bond on first-degree murder and other charges in the shooting at the First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport, about 140 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Eldred's attorney did not return messages seeking comment.
Eldred's former wife, Darlene Sitler, 53, the choir director, was seated at the organ when she was shot about 20 minutes into the 11 a.m. service, state police said in a criminal complaint. Eldred left the building but returned five minutes later and said, "I've got to see if she's dead," before firing two more shots at Sitler, the complaint said. - AP