Man Shoots Girlfriend, Kills Self After Losing Job, Pandemic Fears

CBS Philly reports, a man in Pennsylvania shot his longtime girlfriend in the back as she ran away before shooting himself in an attempted murder-suicide after he allegedly became overwhelmed by the Coronavirus pandemic and losing his job, according to Wilson Police.

“Police say officers responded Monday to a report of shots fired, where they found 38-year-old Roderick Bliss IV unresponsive and not breathing, with a pistol by his side,” CBS reports. Nearby they found Bliss’s girlfriend, 43, who has not been named, with a gunshot to her back. She said that Bliss shot her but she was conscious and alert.

She told police that days prior to the shooting, Bliss was becoming increasingly upset about the pandemic and about losing his job.

Minutes before the shooting, Bliss went into the basement and came outside onto the rear porch with the handgun.

She told officers while Bliss was holding the handgun, he said to her, ‘I already talked to God and I have to do this.’

The woman ran off of the porch and Bliss fired at her four times, striking her once in the back. Bliss then shot and killed himself.

The woman underwent surgery at St. Lukes Hospital. She is currently in the intensive care unit with non-life-threatening injuries.

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