The man injures his girlfriend before committing suicide because he was upset about the corona virus pandemic
A Pennsylvania man shot his old girlfriend in the back as she walked away before shooting herself in a suicide attempt after he was reportedly overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic and lost his job.
Roderick Bliss IV, 38, was increasingly upset at the loss of his job and the coronavirus outbreak leading up to the incident, police said in Northampton County.
Wilson Borough police responded to a call from a resident on North 17th Street on Monday at around 1:19 PM after reports of gunshots were reported.
The incident was reported as a suicide attempt.
Police responded to a report of shots fired Monday at Wilson Borough to find the unresponsive body of Roderick Bliss IV, 38, who committed suicide after shooting his girlfriend.
Wilson Borough police initially reported the incident as a suicide attempt
Police found Bliss’s girlfriend nearby. She will survive her injuries and is hospitalized
They found Bliss to be unresponsive and not breathing with a semi-automatic pistol near his body, according to Police Chief Chris Meehan.
Nearby, they found the 43-year-old Bliss girlfriend, who has not been named, shot in the back. She said Bliss shot her, but she was conscious and alert.
According to his girlfriend, Bliss entered the basement of the property a few minutes before the shooting and had hit the porch with a gun.
“I’ve already talked to God and I have to do this,” he said, before shooting his girlfriend four times as she tried to run from the porch.
His shots hit her in the back once.
Bliss then reportedly turned the gun on himself and fired, killing himself.
The woman is currently in an intensive care unit with non-life-threatening injuries after having surgery at St Luke’s Hospital. She is expected to survive.
“She’s not a suspect in any way, she’s a victim,” prosecutor Terry Houck said of the woman.
Northampton County coroner Zach Lysek ruled that Bliss’s death was a suicide.
A man working nearby called the police on North 17th Street after he heard four shots
Police arrived at reports of gunshots at this home on North 17th Street in Wilson Borough
Bliss shot his girlfriend and then himself on the back porch of a building on North 17th Street
“In the days leading up to the shooting, Bliss had become increasingly upset about the COVID-19 pandemic,” said police chief Meehan.
A few minutes before the shooting, Bliss was very upset about the pandemic and the fact that he had recently lost his job.
“He went into the basement and came out on the back porch with the victim.
While holding the gun, Bliss said to the victim, “I’ve already talked to God and I have to do this. ‘
The victim ran down the porch and he shot her four times and hit her once. Bliss then shot himself. ‘
Sammy Greggs works nearby and called the police after hearing the gunshots.
“I heard four gunshots, so I ran away. I called the police, I ran to the side of the hill and looked down and shouted for help, ” he said WFMZ.
Sammy Greggs, who works nearby, called the police and ran into the street to help
Bliss did not respond when the emergency services arrived and his death was declared suicide
It is unclear whether Bliss lost his job due to the economic downturn due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Local experts have warned that the pandemic could have serious mental health consequences in the coming months.
Lisa Cozzi, the director of Lehigh County Crisis Intervention and Information Referral, told the local news site The morning call mental health experts expect it to have an impact on suicide rates.
According to Cozzi, April, May and June are the months when suicide rates increase.
“This time of year we are seeing an increase in suicides in general, and now we have a crisis on top of that,” she said.
“We expect it to have an impact.
“This is a very stressful time for all of us – even those who may not have had mental problems before,” added Cozzi.
“But there are resources to help.”
Home orders and strict collection size limits have resulted in shops, restaurants and bars being closed indefinitely.
Many service workers who end up in unemployment live in the best of times from salary to salary. Many say they have no money to pay rent.
While the Congressional-approved stimulus package is supposed to put cash in the tenants’ wallet within weeks, the pandemic’s economic carnage is still developing.
Unemployment in the United States reached a record high last week with 3.28 million people – four times the previous record of 695,000 in October 1982 – making claims.
Dow Jones says another 2.65 million will join this week.
One in three Americans report that someone living in their household has lost or been forced to take a cut.
Coronavirus job losses in the United States can reach 47 million, with unemployment exceeding 30 percent, according to grim new estimates by a Federal Reserve.
The new estimates of 47 million unemployed don’t take into account the bailout plan signed by President Donald Trump last week, CNBC reports. Nor does it take into account those who leave the workforce.
Trump signed the multibillion-dollar bill last week after it passed in the Senate.
It offers safety net programs such as paid sick leave and offers free tests for the highly contagious corona virus.