(MONROE COUNTY, Pa.) — Three people were killed and four were injured when a gunman opened fire Monday night during a Ross Township supervisors’ meeting in Monroe County, Pa., officials said.
Police said a suspect was in custody, but they did not yet know what his motive might have been, Monroe County sheriff spokesman Jeff Strunk said. The suspect was one of the five injured.
The shooting occurred at 7:23 p.m., at the Ross Township Building, Stunk said.
Of the injured, one was flown to St. Luke’s Hospital in Bethlehem, one was taken to Lehigh Valley Cedarcrest in Allentown, and others — including the suspect — were taken to Pocono Medical Center, Strunk said.
Ross Township Emergency Management Coordinator Richard Marsili said he had no idea what could have motivated the shooting.
“There was nothing really heavy going down that we knew of, you know, in the township,” he said. “You know what I mean? There was nothing major going on.”
Chris Reber, a Pocono Record reporter who was there to cover the meeting, said in an account published by the paper Monday night that the shooter opened fire once, but then, for some reason, went back to his car, got another weapon and returned to resume shooting.
One of the officials at the meeting, West End Open Space Commission Executive Director Bernie Kozen, was taking care of one of the victims when the suspect came back.
“Bernie Kozen was there tending to the man and he [the shooter] didn’t see them,” Reber said, according to the Record. “Bernie bearhugged him and took him down. He shot [the shooter] with his own gun.”
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