NBCPhiladelphia.com - Rosemary Connors
In an NBC10 exclusive, the stepson of a Ridley Township man allegedly shot by his neighbor who was angry about a shed, talks about the crime he calls senseless.
Two weeks after his stepfather was killed and his sister badly injured allegedly at the hands of an elderly neighbor, a Ridley Township man is speaking out.
“A lot of people come up to you and they're like, 'I’m so sorry' and they don't know what to say after because no one knows what to say,” Mike Snow said.
Snow’s 42-year-old stepfather Scott Robins was killed and his younger sister, Kristen Snow, 23, is in intensive care continuing to fight to recover from her shooting injuries.
“The bullet struck the artery that goes down to the leg,” Mike said.
Barely conscious, Mike suspects she doesn’t know that her stepfather is dead.
“She knows what she saw that day, but she doesn’t know any of the outcomes,” Mike said.
The ambush-type shooting on the 900 block of Sylvania Avenue in Ridley Township was allegedly committed by 72-year-old Jim Dellavecchia who hid in the bushes on the morning of Oct. 10 waiting for his neighbor to leave for work, Ridley Police said.
Dellavecchia was apparently upset and had made complaints about the construction and noise of a shed Scott was building in his backyard.
As Scott was getting into his work van early that morning, Dellavecchia emerged and began shooting, authorities said.
“He let evil into his life... for something like this to happen you really have to just be overcome,” Mike said.
Mike’s sister Kristen, who ran outside during the shooting, was shot in the side. Mike explains Teressa, his mother and Scott’s wife of 10 years, was off that Columbus Day spending a long weekend at the shore with friends. If she was home, her son says his mother instead of his sister would have probably stepped outside.
While the family prays for Kristen, they remember Scott -- an avid fisherman, a lead foreman at a local fire prevention company, a family man and good neighbor.
A Facebook page along with a fund was set up to help pay for Kristen's medical costs considering her stepfather is no longer there to provide for the family.
Dellavecchia remained behind bars Monday night charged with murder and related charges.
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