1 killed, 1 wounded in shooting in Laureldale, suspect in custody, DA says

Argument over dog prompted shooting, police say

Neighborhood gun battle

LAURELDALE, Pa. - A typical neighborhood squabble over a dog turned deadly in Laureldale Tuesday afternoon. State police said a man took out a gun, shot and killed his neighbor on a porch and then shot another man working nearby.

Tuesday night, state police escorted 49-year-old Bruce Muth from the barracks. They said Muth is the man who took a neighborhood argument to the extreme.

Emergency workers responded to a shots fired call in Laureldale close to the Central Fire Station after 2 pm.

"I just asked the question was it anyone of us, either firefighter or fire policeman. We heard it was a fire cop," said Fire Police officer Peter Goda, "And then a little later on it came down it was my cousin." 

Goda said his cousin Bobby Goda lived about two blocks away from the fire station. He had volunteered as a fire police officer since he was a teenager.

"I'm doing my job and I know that's what he would want me to do," said Goda, "And so I stayed."

State police said Bobby Goda, 64, was gunned down by a neighbor on his own porch because of his dog. 

"The victim and the suspect argued. And then the suspect went on the victim's porch and shot him," said Trooper David Beohm with the State Police.

Police said the alleged shooter, Bruce Muth, didn't stop there because the dog got away and a person working in the neighborhood found the dog. 

"He was walking the dog back down to the victim's house when the suspect then confronted him and also shot him," said Beohm.

Police said the handyman, Irvin Ojea, 51, ducked behind a car and was bleeding heavily.

"He ran up the street,  looks to be about two blocks up to the fire company," said Beohm.

Ojea was taken to Reading Hospital and was taken into surgery.

Police were able to catch Muth in the neighborhood. He surrendered at his home.

"The individual who we believe is the shooter is in custody," said District Attorney John Adams.

All, they say, because of a dispute over a dog. 

"It's just kind of heartbreaking to think people get to a point like that," said Beohm, "where they have to resort to that type of violence." 

"It's very difficult to comprehend," said Peter Goda. "Very ridiculous as most murders are."

State police said a family member now has Goda's dog.

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