Murder-suicide probed in Bessemer

Bessemer murder-suicide

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A man and woman are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Lawrence County.

North Beaver Township police at about 3:45 p.m. Thursday found Ronald Hartman, 50, and Shirley Rivardo, 54, both of New Castle, fatally shot in a parking lot at Bessemer State Lake on Route 317.

Hartman was pronounced dead at the scene. Rivardo was taken Saint Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown where she later died.

A passerby called police after seeing Hartman lying on the ground near a pickup truck.

Police said it appears Hartman shot Rivardo before taking his own life.

The couple lived at the same East Poland Road address in New Castle.

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