Authorities to evict woman who housed suspected Sheldon Park shooter
The Allegheny County Housing Authority is evicting a woman from Harrison’s Sheldon Park public housing complex because, officials say, her ex-husband had been staying with her when he shot two women before killing himself Monday night.
Authority police Chief Mike Vogel would not identify the woman but said police never had any problems with her or her ex-husband, 48-year-old Eddie Layne, at the housing complex before Monday night.
Layne shot a 41-year-old woman and her 16-year-old daughter outside their Sheldon Park residence about 9 p.m. because he thought they were spying on him, Allegheny County Police said. He retreated to his ex-wife’s residence, where he shot himself as Allegheny County SWAT officers surrounded the home and evacuated neighbors, police said.
The woman was in critical condition at a local hospital Tuesday morning, while the teen was in stable condition, according to county police.
Layne’s ex-wife lived at Sheldon Park with a son.
“She’s not a victim in this case. This was her guest that engaged in gunfire that resulted in two people being critically injured,” Vogel said. “The authority isn’t going to go above and beyond to accommodate her.”
Vogel said the woman and her son will have to move out within 10 days of being served with an eviction notice. He didn’t know when it would be served. The matter will then go before a district judge.
If the eviction is upheld, Vogel said, the woman would likely be prohibited from living in an Allegheny County Housing Authority property for at least five years.
The police chief described Sheldon Park as a model community. More than 500 people live in the low-income housing development’s nearly 200 townhouses.
“We hope and pray that the two victims have a full recovery from this,” Vogel said. “It’s an unfortunate act of random violence.”
Police said Layne had been suffering from mental illness for more than 20 years and it was unclear how he came into possession of firearms.
Emily Balser is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Emily at 724-226-4680, [email protected] or via Twitter @emilybalser.