Elderly Man Shoots, Kills Delco Neighbor: Cops

Police say the shooter was a 72-year-old Ridley Township man

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    Police say a neighborhood dispute in Ridley Township left one man dead and another person fighting for her life.

    Police say a 72-year-old man is responsible for the shooting death of a Delaware County father early Monday morning.

    The man's 23-year-old step-daughter was also shot.

    The shooting happened around 6 a.m. on the 900-block of Sylvania Avenue in Ridley Township.

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    Authorities say that 42-year-old Scott Robbins was being picked up by a co-worker for his job at Metropolitan Fire and Sprinkler when his 72-year-old neighbor, Jim Dellavecchia, came outside and began shooting. Dellavecchia allegedly fired 10 to 15 shots, hitting Robbins four times before his step-daughter, Kristen Snow, came outside to see what was going on.

    The neighbor shot her once in the stomach before returning to his home on 9th Street, cops said.

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    Robbins' co-worker was uninjured in the attack.

    When police got to the scene Robbins was still able to speak.

    "Our uniformed officers were able to speak to the victim, Scott Robbins, who said he was shot by his neighbor," said Ridley Township Police Lt. Scott Willoughby.

    Both victims were rushed to Crozer-Chester Medical Center. Robbins was pronounced dead around 8:30 a.m., according to police.

    Snow, who sustained serious injuries, underwent surgery and was fighting for her life in critical condition.

    The neighbors were fighting all summer and police had visited the homes frequently, authorities said.

    Police believe that shooter was tired of the noise that was made while his neighbor’s shed was being built and finally snapped.

    Dellavecchia voluntarily went into custody following the shooting. Once in the station, police say that he purposely rammed his head into his cell wall and had to be moved to Crozer to be treated for a "severe head injury."

    "It's scary. I was in bed this morning, that's what woke me up. Scared the living daylights out of you," said neighbor Matt Hagerty.

    The victim's wife was not home at the time of the shooting.


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