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Bensalem triple shooting: 14-year-old killed on Halloween night identified

Memorial grows for 14-year-old killed in Bensalem triple shooting
Memorial grows for 14-year-old killed in Bensalem triple shooting 01:46

BENSALEM, Pa. (CBS) -- Halloween night in the Philadelphia region took a very scary turn in two communities.

Gunshots sent trick-or-treaters running in New Castle County and a 14-year-old was killed by gunfire in a triple shooting in Bensalem, Bucks County.

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The 14-year-old killed was identified as Peter Romano. He was a student at Snyder Middle School in the Bensalem School District. Two other teens injured in the shooting are recovering from their injuries. 

"Today, I write to address a deeply troubling and distressing incident that occurred within our community. It is with a heavy heart that I share that Pietro Romano, a 14-year-old Snyder student, was tragically killed last evening. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the affected individuals and their families during this incredibly challenging time," part of a statement from Bensalem District Superintendent Samuel Lee said.   

Peter Romano, 14, was fatally shot in Bensalem on Halloween night  

On Halloween night, Bensalem police found Romano, along with a 17 and a 19-year-old suffering from gunshot wounds in the parking lot of a shopping center at Bristol Pike and Woodbine Avenue. 

"I'm thinking about the mom getting that call last night, you know? I'm going to cry," said Anna Krol, the owner of Salon Anna Noellea who was fighting back tears. "I checked my camera and saw the commotion outside and it was very upsetting. And we came back here and unfortunately, a child died."  

A bullet came through Krol's front door and police markers where bullets hit the side of the building. Romano was pronounced dead at the scene. 

On Wednesday, family members of Romano arrived hugging each other. Yellow flowers marked where Romano took his last breath. 

A family member told CBS Philadelphia Romano was a twin and his brother was with him when he lost consciousness. 

Not long before, officers were called to the shopping center for reports of a large group of kids fighting.

Kroll said she's had issues with such fights in the parking lot before, but nothing like this.

"This is not the first time that incidents happened here but this is the worst," Kroll said. 

Bensalem police said someone opened fire from a vehicle parked by the shopping center and the driver took off northbound on Bristol Pike. 

Bensalem investigators have yet to release a description of the vehicle or of a suspect. 

A memorial is growing near the place where Romano was killed as police continue to search for the person responsible. 

Romano's family, including his mom and twin brother, lit candles and laid flowers inside the Bensalem shopping center parking lot where he was killed. 

Many in this community now hope those responsible will take what happened to heart. 

"I hope this is a message for all the kids out there things like that never end good," Krol said.  

Romano's family said a vigil is planned for Thursday night at the scene of the shooting. 

The incident remains an active investigation and police are asking anyone who may have information to come forward.

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