New Castle police: Man confesses killing mother, another man, then tries to run

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Police arrested the 59-year-old at the duplex after finding the two bodies

NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – Two people are dead and another person is hospitalized following a shooting in a New Castle neighborhood late Wednesday night.

Police are still trying to piece together what happened overnight on a quiet residential street.

New Castle police were sent to the 1000 block of Dewey Ave. for a shooting involving neighbors. When officers got there, they found neighbors helping a man, Kevin Ross, who had been shot in the chest. That man was taken to the hospital.

Officers, along with the Lawrence County Critical Incident Response Team, identified the shooter as 59-year-old Louis Esposito, who lives on Dewey Avenue.

When officers went to the duplex a short time later, they found Esposito’s mother, Margret Kahrer, dead.

Officers then went to the attached duplex. There, officers found landlord and neighbor 78-year-old John Charles Micco dead as well.

According to court papers, when police found Esposito in the basement of the duplex, he told them, “I’m the one you’re looking for,” and later confessed to shooting all three.

Officers found Louis Esposito in Micco’s basement and he was arrested.

At the police station, officers said Esposito admitted to killing Micco and his mother, as well as shooting another man.

After his confession, Esposito pulled the fire alarm at the police station and tried to escape, but he was immediately captured.

He is being held without bond, charged with two counts of criminal homicide, one count of attempted homicide and one count of attempted escape.

Esposito was chained at his waist and ankles when he was led into the Lawrence County Courthouse later Thursday morning.

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