Whispering Woods shooting: Neighbors describe victim, suspect as ‘nice’

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Millcreek Township Police are investigating the death of a resident.

Police responded to reports of a shooting in the 5800 block of Forest Crossing on Thursday, where they found the woman’s body shortly after 3 p.m.

It is a tragedy that residents in the Whispering Woods subdivision said they could have never expected.

“Very shocking in a community like this. They just seemed like normal, nice neighbors. Very surprising. Very surprising,” said Millcreek Township resident Michael Ruff.

While police were on the scene of the residence, law enforcement was informed that a person of interest had showed up to St. Peter Cathedral in Erie. 

“Our officers had received a call from 911 that the suspect was inside the rectory speaking to a priest. We were able to make phone contact,” said Erie Police Chief Dan Spizarny.

The suspect had requested to speak with a priest and claimed responsibility, according to Fr. Michael Polinek.

“He confessed to killing his wife, and we called the authorities after that,” said Polinek, who had conversed with the suspect.

He said the man was aware that the phone call was made.

“Just to safely do the right thing, which is to call the authorities. That was it.”

Spizarny said the suspect complied with authorities.

“Asked him to come out and the suspect came out of the rectory and was taken into custody without any issue,” he said. 

The man was transported to the Millcreek Township Police Department for questioning.

Neighbors identified John Grazioli as a resident of the house that police searched. They said the man and his wife had moved into the neighborhood last summer.

“He had come in and he did everything. He worked on improvements to the house,” said Michael Visnosky.

Now, the house is the scene of a homicide investigation.

“He was a very nice fellow,” said Visnosky. “I never expected anything like this from him.”

Police have not released the identities of the the victim or suspect.

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