James D. Schiliro, the 38-year-old mayor of Marcus Hook in Pennsylvania, is currently under close scrutiny from the police after an alleged shooting that occurred late last month.
Schiliro could be charged with furnishing alcohol to someone who is underage and recklessly endangering another person.
According to reports, Schiliro sent a text message to a 20-year-old friend whom he had known for about eight years. Schiliro then sent a police officer to pick up the 20-year-old around midnight and escort the man to his home.
Schiliro allegedly gave the man three glasses of wine before producing three hand guns and waving them about. He also reportedly threatened to kill himself, pointing one of the handguns at his head and saying that he “didn’t want to live anymore.”
Schiliro is then said to have fired the gun at least once into the floor of his home. At one point, he stated that he was taking the young man hostage and began giving him orders. Despite the long acquaintanceship between the two men, the younger man later told officials that he feared for his life.
Schiliro’s 13-year-old daughter was upstairs asleep at the time.
After the incident had ended, the 20-year-old contacted police, who issued a search warrant for Schiliro’s home.
The initial investigation appears to back up the man’s story. Police removed a spent bullet and a section of flooring with two holes; they also confiscated Schiliro’s weapons. Schiliro has not been formally charged, however.
Schiliro, lead investigator Detective Robert T. Lythgoe, and the 20-year-old have not issued statements to the press. Delaware County District Attorney Jack Whelan stated, “It’s an ongoing investigation that we anticipate will be concluded in the next few days.”
Schiliro’s laywer, Michael Malloy, argued that alcohol was to blame rather than malicious intent. Regardless of what happened that night, it hasn’t affected Schiliro’s plans for the future.
"I plan to continue to run for office,” he told reporters.