Neighbors Sound Off On Inter-Family Murder

By WBNG News

December 2, 2010 Updated Dec 2, 2010 at 11:29 PM EDT

Trumansburg, NY (WBNG Binghamton) - The Village of Trumansburg is shaken up after news that a man murdered his father.

Police say the son, 28, shot his father, 58, in the chest and torso multiple times.

Action News reporter Natalie Jenereski joins us from the live desk.

Matthew Taranto was arrested Wednesday for shooting and killing his father at their Trumansburg home.

Early yesterday morning, a married couple living at 107 Tamarack Lane was startled by a loud pounding at their door.

It was their neighbor, Salvatore Taranto, 58.

He stumbled across the street from his own home after he had been shot by his son.

The couple called 911, and Salvatore was taken to the hospital where he later died.

Trumansburg Police charged Matthew with second degree murder.

They say he shot his father multiple times in the chest and torso after an argument.

Matthew has been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome.

The mild and functional case of autism ranges in severity, and could be used in his legal defense.

People in the village are expressing a range of reactions.

"I've never dealt with any kind of mental illness, so my feelings are very mixed about the emotion. It's a tragedy all around. I'm sure other circumstances led up to this, and no it's not right that it was done. I don't know, I have mixed feelings on it," said Ginger Mosher of Trumansburg.

"Anymore it's always somebody has something wrong with them," said Carolyn Williams of Trumansburg.

"If you know what you're doing, you're accountable for your actions," said Samuel Marranca of Trumansburg.

Matthew Taranto is now being held in Tompkins County Jail without bail.

He is scheduled to reappear in Ulysses Town Court on Monday at 2:00 p.m.

At the live desk, Natalie Jenereski, WBNG-TV Action News.