Police: Woman fatally shot in bed when man fires at wrong house in Westmoreland County

A man allegedly fired a gun at a house during a drug dispute, but it was the wrong home and a woman was killed while sleeping in her bed as a result, state police said Thursday.Police said Nathan Quidetto, 20, is charged with homicide in the death of Tracy Squib, 52, who was shot early Monday morning at a home in Derry Township.According to the Westmoreland County coroner, multiple gunshots were fired outside the house on Pandora Road and one bullet struck Squib while she was asleep in bed.”It had nothing to do with the Squibs,” Trooper Steve Limani said. “Mr. Quidetto was involved in what would be described as maybe a botched drug transaction where he was trying to scare somebody and had the completely wrong residence — not even close to being the right house — and that is the nature of why he fired at the house.”Police said the call came in at about 4 a.m. Squib was taken to Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.”He had no idea who this family was,” Limani said. “This had nothing to do with this family whatsoever, and it’s just tragic.”According to the criminal complaint, Squib’s husband told police that they were in bed when the woman woke up, telling him that she thought something bit her. When he turned on the lights, he saw that she was bleeding from her upper chest, and he yelled for the children to call 911 as he tried to care for Squib with the help of his son.Police said Quidetto was a passenger in a vehicle that they pulled over in Moween on Wednesday night. Police said he had outstanding warrants for drugs. They said he was arrested on those warrants, and that he confessed to the shooting.Quidetto is being held in the county prison while he awaits a preliminary hearing.”It’s a shame what happened,” Limani said. “There are a lot of people who reached out to us who are friends with Tracy and her family, so our condolences go out to them. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and maybe this gives them the slightest bit of closure of what actually transpired.”It was needless and didn’t have to happen.”

A man allegedly fired a gun at a house during a drug dispute, but it was the wrong home and a woman was killed while sleeping in her bed as a result, state police said Thursday.

Police said Nathan Quidetto, 20, is charged with homicide in the death of Tracy Squib, 52, who was shot early Monday morning at a home in Derry Township.

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According to the Westmoreland County coroner, multiple gunshots were fired outside the house on Pandora Road and one bullet struck Squib while she was asleep in bed.

Tracy Squib

Tracy Squib

“It had nothing to do with the Squibs,” Trooper Steve Limani said. “Mr. Quidetto was involved in what would be described as maybe a botched drug transaction where he was trying to scare somebody and had the completely wrong residence — not even close to being the right house — and that is the nature of why he fired at the house.”

Police said the call came in at about 4 a.m. Squib was taken to Excela Health Latrobe Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

“He had no idea who this family was,” Limani said. “This had nothing to do with this family whatsoever, and it’s just tragic.”

Nathan Quidetto

Nathan Quidetto

According to the criminal complaint, Squib’s husband told police that they were in bed when the woman woke up, telling him that she thought something bit her. When he turned on the lights, he saw that she was bleeding from her upper chest, and he yelled for the children to call 911 as he tried to care for Squib with the help of his son.

Police said Quidetto was a passenger in a vehicle that they pulled over in Moween on Wednesday night. Police said he had outstanding warrants for drugs. They said he was arrested on those warrants, and that he confessed to the shooting.

Quidetto is being held in the county prison while he awaits a preliminary hearing.

“It’s a shame what happened,” Limani said. “There are a lot of people who reached out to us who are friends with Tracy and her family, so our condolences go out to them. I can only imagine what they’re going through, and maybe this gives them the slightest bit of closure of what actually transpired.

“It was needless and didn’t have to happen.”