Gunman kills 3 at PA township meeting
Three people died Monday night when a gunman opened fire on a Ross Township municipal meeting, indiscriminately shooting into the building, authorities said.
Eyewitnesses at the scene and state police identified the gunman as Rockne Newell, a self-proclaimed junk collector who has had a long-simmering feud with the township for keeping a junkyard on his property.
Monday night state police were seeking a search warrant from a district judge for Newell’s property, according to Trooper First Class Michael Sniscak.
As of 11 p.m., however, there was a delay in returning to his property, authorities said. Fearful that his property might be booby-trapped, police said that they might bring in bomb-sniffing dogs as a precaution.
A meeting attendee tackled Newell, who was shot with his own gun, according to witnesses.
Bullets fly through walls, officials crawl for cover
A man feuding with township officials in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains over living conditions at his ramshackle, trash-filled property killed three people at a municipal meeting – including at least one town official – in a rampage that blew holes through the walls and sent people crawling for cover, authorities said.