VALHALLA, N.Y. - A 71-year-old Yorktown man killed his hospitalized wife Wednesday morning at Westchester Medical Center before turning the gun on himself, police said.
Ann DeLucia, 70, was a patient on the fourth floor at the Valhalla hospital when she was killed by a single gunshot in her bed around 9:39 a.m., police said. Richard DeLucia killed himself moments later. Nobody else was in the room.
A note written by Richard DeLucia was left behind at their Molly Pitcher Lane residence, indicating that he wanted to end his wife's suffering, said Kieran O'Leary, spokesman for the Westchester County Department of Public Safety. Police could not elaborate on Ann DeLucia's condition nor could they say for how long she was hospitalized.
“He left a note just saying his wife was suffering and he was distraught about that,” O'Leary told Yorktown News.
A Westchester County police officer and two plainclothes officers arrived at the hospital within two minutes and entered the room with hospital security. They discovered that Ann Delucia was shot in bed. Her husband, along with a licensed .38-caliber revolver, were on the floor, according to police.
“I am grateful to the Medical Center staff and the officers from the Westchester County Police, Mount Pleasant Police, Greenburgh Police and New York State Police for their prompt and professional response in the first minutes of this tragic incident,” said Police Commissioner Thomas Gleason in a press release.