WILKES-BARRE — Residents living on Andover Street said they knew Vito Joseph Aiello was capable of harming his wife, Jane.
Their concerns became real late Thursday night when he allegedly killed her in a shooting before turning the gun on himself. He survived a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his face, police said. The couple would have celebrated their 22nd wedding anniversary today.
Authorities are treating the case as a murder/attempted suicide.
An autopsy is scheduled today at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital.
Neighbors, who said they were wary of Aiello, described a chaotic scene as the couple’s 15-year-old son, Salvatore, screamed for help. In a few minutes the small dead-end street became congested with police cruisers and ambulances.
“Last night was a nightmare,” a neighbor said across the street from the Aiello home at 389 Andover St. on Friday. “It shouldn’t have happened and to do it in front of their son. No child should see that.”
The couple’s eldest son, Vito Thomas Aiello, 19, was away at college.
A neighbor said he was lying in bed and startled by gunfire and the boy’s screams just after 11 p.m.
“All you heard was boom, boom, boom and then boom and a minute later, their son comes running out screaming, ‘Help, help my dad shot my mom,’ ” the neighbor said.
The boy ran to a house across the street and banged on the door yelling “Help, call 911.”
Police found Jane Aiello, 47, inside the house. She was transported to Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township where she was pronounced dead at 11:43 p.m.
Vito, 48, also was transported to Geisinger, police said, but spokespersons Friday and Friday night said there was no record of him at the hospital.
Neighbors said the Aiellos had a rocky marriage, and records show she filed for divorce in Luzerne County Court on Sept. 13. She wrote in the divorce petition that the marriage is “intolerable and life burdensome” and “irretrievably broken.”
The divorce petition was served to Aiello at 733 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. They married on Sept. 28, 1991.
“When she filed for divorce and he was served with the papers, we knew he was going to kill her,” a neighbor said. “You won’t find one person on this street that wouldn’t believe that.”
Court records say Aiello strayed from his marriage by having a girlfriend in 2003 and 2004.
Jane Aiello contacted authorities on April 18, 2004, with concerns her husband was on his way to the girlfriend’s house in Exeter to kill her, according to court records.
Exeter police kept watch of the girlfriend’s house on Washington Street, but Aiello never showed. Jane Aiello later filed an involuntary commitment for her husband “fearing that he was going to hurt someone along with himself,” court records say.
Aiello pleaded guilty to harassment, including terroristic threats and stalking when Exeter police said he spliced the girlfriend’s phone lines to her house to a tape recorder that was discovered on Dec. 16, 2003, according to court records.
He was sentenced to one year probation. He also had served 48 hours in jail on a drunken driving charge filed by Wilkes-Barre Township police, in March 2005.
Neighbors said Aiello was removed from the house by police on Monday when his wife retrieved belongings. They believed she returned Thursday night to get more clothes thinking he was at work.
One neighbor installed security cameras on his property after several disputes with Aiello.
Aiello owned and operated Andover Cleaning Company, a cleaning business that services office buildings, including The Times Leader.