Pennsylvania Man Allegedly Broke Into Ex-Girlfriend's House And Opened Fire, Killing Her New Boyfriend: Police

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Apr. 20 2023, Published 5:28 p.m. ET

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A Pennsylvania man has been arrested after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's residence and shot her new boyfriend, according to officials.

Around 11 p.m. on April 17, police responded to a reported shooting at an apartment complex in Lansdale, according to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.

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Once at the residence, officers found the victim, 21-year-old Wesley Smith, dead on the master bedroom floor, officials said.

Police also found 21-year-old Christopher Moore Jr. suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. He was airlifted to a hospital in Philadelphia and will likely survive, authorities said.

Investigators determined Smith and his girlfriend, Hailee Duerson Skeleton, were together in her apartment when Moore, the father of Duerson Skeleton’s children, allegedly broke in through the bathroom window, went into the bedroom and started shooting, according to officials.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported that Smith was shot in the face and armpit. Smith reportedly fired back multiple times with a legally owned gun.

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Duerson Skeleton was not hurt during the incident and the couple’s children were not in the apartment at the time.

Detectives recovered two firearms and numerous cartridge casings from the scene, officials said.

An autopsy was conducted on Smith and determined he died of multiple gunshot wounds. His death was ruled a homicide.

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Moore, who remains hospitalized, was charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, third-degree murder, burglary, criminal trespass, and possessing an instrument of crime, officials said.

According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Moore broke into Duerson Skeleton’s home on April 16 and allegedly punched and strangled her. Moore reportedly showed her a gun and threatened to “pop” her and her new boyfriend before smashing her phone.

However, Duerson Skeleton didn’t report the incident to police because she was reportedly scared Moore would abuse her, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.


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