On Sunday morning, a 28-year-old Pennsylvania surrendered to authorities in Pennsylvania for what a local prosecutor said was the "senseless" and "savage" shooting death of an 18-year-old black woman who had recently graduated high school. David Desper of Trainer PA was accompanied by his attorney when he turned himself in. He has been charged with first- and third-degree murder, possession of an instrument of crime, and reckless endangerment. It was Bianca Roberson who was shot in the head on June 28, allegedly by Desper, in West Goshen Township.

Roberson had recently graduated Bayard Rustin High School in West Chester. She planned to attend Jacksonville University in Florida this fall.

Desper and Roberson were both trying to merge into a single lane where a two-lane road was narrowed, according to Chester County District Attorney Thomas Hogan. He said, "They jockeyed for position, and he wasn't happy, so he pulled out a gun and shot Bianca in the head, killing her instantly."

Roberson's car left the road after the shooting, striking a tree. The car was found in a ditch. The alleged gunman left the scene in a red pickup truck, driving along the shoulder of the road until exiting. Basing themselves on a surveillance video provided by the state highway department, law enforcement tracked the pickup and also culled information from hundreds of tips provided by the public. Authorities called for the suspect to surrender for his own sake and his family.

"We got a crucial piece of evidence from Bianca herself, because the round recovered from her was reviewed by a forensic ballistics expert who told us that that round came from a 40-caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic handgun," Hogan said.

According to Hogan, Desper bought the pistol in November 2015 and had a permit to carry it. 

The dented red pickup truck seen in the surveillance video was found on Sunday Glen Mills, while the semi-automatic handgun police believed was used was discovered in Desper's bedroom, Hogan said.

Desper is white while Roberson was black, thus prompting questions as to whether the attack was racially motivated. Prosecutor Hogan said there was no indication that racism was involved. "This appears to be a savage, senseless and brutal act from one human being to another human being," he said.

Currently, Desper is in jail without bail. His defense attorney, Daniel McGarrigle, would not comment on the incident. 



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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