JOHNSTOWN - A 22-year-old Hollidaysburg native attending the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown was shot Sunday after he fought back against a man robbing his apartment, police said Monday.
Two armed men entered David Consiglio's Bloomfield Apartments room after 9 p.m. and demanded his and his roommates' valuables, Richland Township police Det. Kevin Lehman said.
Instead, Consiglio rushed one, beating him as the other alleged robber looked on.
The second robber fired two shots, one hitting Consiglio in the back; the bullet passed through his body and exited his stomach, but Consiglio continued beating his assailant, Lehman said.
"He was in the middle of a good struggle when he was shot," Lehman said.
One robber fled the scene, Lehman said, while a neighbor ran to Consiglio's room to help, Lehman said. The second robber allegedly tried to shoot the neighbor, but his gun didn't fire.
Only after Consiglio left the building and returned to his room did he tell friends, "I have to go to the hospital - I'm shot," Lehman said.
Consiglio underwent surgery at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, Johnstown, where he is expected to make a full recovery, Lehman said.
Lehman noted that police are seeking two black males in their 20s, though a more complete description may be available soon, he said.
UPJ officials sent an email alert Monday to students and faculty about the shooting. Counseling is available for affected students, the university said.
Mirror Staff Writer Ryan Brown is at 946-7457.