Wilson Borough shooting March 30, 2020

WILSON BOROUGH, Pa. - A man upset about losing his job shot a woman in the back as she was running away before fatally shooting himself Monday, police in Northampton County said.

Wilson Police responded to 54 N. 17th St. shortly after 1 p.m. for multiple reports of shots fired with injuries, borough police said in a news release.

Arriving officers found Roderick Bliss IV, 38, with gunshot injuries, and he was unresponsive and not breathing, police said. Officers also found a 43-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to her back. The woman told police Bliss had shot her, police said.

The victim was taken to St. Luke's Hospital where she underwent surgery. She is currently in ICU and is expected to survive, police said. 

Northampton County Coroner Zach Lysek arrived on scene and later ruled Bliss’s death a suicide.

The woman, who said she was Bliss's longtime girlfriend, and others who police interviewed said Bliss had become increasingly upset over the COVID-19 pandemic in the days before the shooting.

Minutes before the shooting Bliss was extremely upset about the pandemic and the fact that he had recently lost his job, police said.

He went into the basement and came outside on to the rear porch with the woman. While holding the handgun, Bliss told the victim, “I already talked to God and I have to do this," police said.

The victim ran off of the porch, and Bliss shot at her four times, striking her once in the back. Bliss then shot himself, police said.

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