SYCAMORE – Quiet and nice.
Those were two words that came to David Shaw’s mind when thinking about Mario Engoglia and Susan Triezenberg, who were killed by gunshots – at least one of which police said was self-inflicted – at Kindred Hospital Sycamore on Tuesday.
In a town where everyone knows each other by name, Shaw knew a call from the coroner Wednesday was a bad sign, especially when the conversation bypassed the signature personal touch conversations in Granville generally have.
Shaw, who manages a manufactured home park called Oak Park Estates in the small Putnam County village, was notified about the deaths of two of his tenants.
“They were good people, we never had a problem,” Shaw said. “They kept to themselves.”
Engoglia, 54, and Triezenberg, 57, moved into the park in 2009 and were always pleasant, Shaw said.
He said the two had lived together for 30 years and at the time they moved in, Engoglia had already been diagnosed with the illness that landed him in Kindred Hospital
Sycamore – a long-term acute-care hospital – although Shaw could not remember the ailment.
He said it was not uncommon for Engoglia to spend more time inside because of the illness while Triezenberg ran errands.
The two did not have children, and Shaw never met any of their family, but he said the connection between them was strong.
And while he said he has no idea what might have happened in Sycamore, he could not help but wonder if their relationship played a role.
“I just think maybe he was getting bad and she couldn’t live without him after 30 years of living with each other,” Shaw said.
Police are continuing to investigate whether the other death was from a self-inflicted gunshot.
Police responded to the incident at 5:50 p.m. Tuesday. A witness discovered the scene inside Engoglia’s room on the main floor where Triezenberg was visiting, Sycamore Police Chief Don Thomas said.
“When we arrived, we found two victims who had died from gunshot wounds in a room in the hospital,” Thomas said.
There were no witnesses to the shootings, Thomas said.
Officials from the hospital released a statement late Tuesday night.
“This is a sad and unfortunate situation,” it read. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. We are cooperating with the local authorities. Due to patient confidentiality, we cannot comment further.”