Man shot outside Hempfield home, Stanwood Elementary put on lockdown
Police are searching for the suspect who allegedly shot a 67-year-old businessman while he sat in the driveway of his Hempfield home on Thursday morning.
Harold James Marietta was shot in the neck with a handgun as he sat outside his house along Penn Valley Road near Hunker, state police spokesman Stephen Limani said.
Marietta was conscious when he was transported to a Pittsburgh hospital, where he was listed in serious condition, Limani said.
While police searched for the suspect, nearby Stanwood Elementary School and the Central Westmoreland Career and Technology Center were put on lockdown after the 7:30 a.m. incident.
The lockdowns were lifted later in the morning, state police said.
Police used dogs and helicopters in an attempt to find the suspect, who reportedly was wearing a light-colored hooded sweatshirt and gloves. He fled south on foot after the shooting, police said.
Hempfield Area School District Superintendent Barbara Marin said parents were told about the lockdown about 9 a.m. through the district’s emergency notification system.
“We felt it was in everyone’s best interests to lock down the school,” Marin said.
Earlier this month, someone entered Marietta’s home through a garage door and took two handguns and $1,500, according to a police report.
Marietta, his wife and others founded Laurel Highlands Fence Co. in 1992, according to the company’s website.
The business began in the Marietta home but later expanded to a new facility.
The company specializes in railings, gazebos, arbors and residential and commercial gates.
A message left at the business was not returned.
Anyone with information about the incident can call state police at Greensburg at 724-832-3288.
Mary Pickels and Bob Stiles are staff writers for Trib Total Media.