FORTY FORT — A Wesley Street man shot and killed his almost 2-year-old daughter and then took his own life late Sunday morning, authorities said.
The man, Nicholas Shultz, 34, had separated from his wife, Jessica, about a week and a half ago, according to her father, Tom Hess.
“Never in a million years did I (think Nicholas would do this),” Hess said.
Nicholas Shultz had picked up his daughter, Camryn , earlier Sunday and returned to their home on the quiet street, Hess said. Jessica Shultz was working with Hess at their family business when Nicholas Shultz called the business and said she should say goodbye to their daughter.
“He said ‘I’ve got one bullet for her and one for me,’ ” Hess said.
He said Nicholas Shultz had spoken with him a few days ago and had said Jessica Shultz had “taken everything from me.”
“There’s no reason for this … ,” Hess said.
Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis, who was at the scene to offer support to the family, confirmed that both father and daughter had died.
Police in Forty Fort received reports of gunfire between 11:30 a.m. and noon. Police from several West Side communities and state police were on the scene Sunday.
The incident has been ruled a murder/suicide, Salavantis said.
“We are still conducting our investigation. Our quick run-through is that (Nicholas) hasn’t had a criminal history or had any domestic disputes,” Salavantis said.
“We’re doing everything we can to try to provide whatever support we can because, obviously, this is a very difficult time and a terrible day,” she said.
An agent from the Victims Resource Center was on the scene Sunday to give support to the family.
Neighbors watching quietly from their porches on the residential street said they rarely saw the family and did not know that they had a daughter.
Family members huddled together in the cold watching state police and Luzerne County Coroner’s Office workers move in and out of the one-story home.
When one emergency worker left the residence carrying a small white bundle, Jessica Shultz collapsed into another relative’s arms, sobbing.