Shooting in Central Pennsylvania Leaves Four Dead, Including Gunman

Last updated: 12-22-12 12:30 a.m.

Crime SceneHollidaysburg, Pennsylvania — A shooting in central Pennsylvania has left four dead, including the suspected gunman.

Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio told reporters that the shooting began Friday morning on a rural road in Hollidaysburg, approximately 75 miles outside of the capital city, and “extended over several miles.”

The yet unidentified gunman walked into Juniata Valley Gospel Church after 9 a.m. and opened fire on one of the women inside. He also shot and killed a man at another location while the individual stood in his driveway. A third person died when the gunman fired upon him after crashing into his vehicle.

Three troopers that responded to the 911 call were injured, including an officer that escaped serious injury because he was wearing a bullet-proof vest. A second officer had glass fragments in his eye.

Reports also state that a third trooper was hurt in a crash that involved the gunman, who led police on a chase, firing upon them.

The gunman, who was driving a pickup truck, was shot dead by one of the officers when he struck a police cruiser head on. The identities of the three victims have not been released.

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“I don’t know what that man would have been doing there,” Juniata Valley Gospel Church member Marlene Helsley told reporters. “He must have been a sick man.”

She had just left the church before the incident and had spoken to the woman not long before she was killed.

The shooting marks yet another rampage since the Newtown, Connecticut tragedy one week ago today. As previously reported, last Sunday evening, 19-year-old Jesus Garcia opened fire at the China Garden Restaurant in San Antonio, Texas, and then ran across the street to the Santikos Mayan 14 Palace Theater. A female off-duty deputy followed Garcia into the building, where she fired upon and injured the gunman. He was reportedly angry about a break-up with a co-worker.

Last Saturday, at approximately 4 a.m., 38-year old Jason Letts was shot dead by police at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama after it was reported that he was walking the hospital with gun. He shot at police and others as they made their way off of the elevator to the fifth floor.

Just 75 miles away, another shooting took place on Saturday morning as shots rang out at a mobile home park in Heflin. Police arrived to find three people dead in one of the trailers. A young child less than two years of age was also discovered wounded and was transported to a local hospital.

The unnamed suspect then led police on a chase, where he crashed his car on a busy highway, shooting at police as he exited the vehicle.

Police state that the man then carjacked another vehicle and took off down the road again, where he eventually crashed and was shot dead by police as he reached for the assault weapon inside the car.

There was also a major scare at a mall in Newport Beach, California Sunday as a man fired at least fifty shots outside of the Fashion Island Mall. No one was hurt in the incident, and bike police took into custody 42-year-old Marcos Sarinana Gurrola of Garden Grove.

“I saw a bunch of people coming and I thought it was a flash mob,” shopper Robert Escatel told station KTLA. “Then [people began] screaming ‘Shooting at Macy’s! Shooting at Macy’s!’ and I was really scared. I’ve never been in a crisis this big before.”

The mall went into lockdown for a time until it felt safe to reopen its doors.

Reports state that violent acts are on the rise in America, with a string of rampages plaguing much of 2012.


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