3 dead, several injured at Pennsylvania town hall meeting
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. — Three people were killed in a shooting at a town supervisor’s meeting in eastern Pennsylvania, an official told WNEP, Monday night.
The shooting broke out shortly after 6:30 p.m. at the Ross Township building in Saylorsburg, about 75 miles north of Philadelphia, Monroe County Emergency Management Director Guy Miller told CNN. A suspected gunman was in custody, and the at least 4 wounded were being taken to various hospitals nearby, he said.
Crime tape and shattered windows outlined Pennsylvania’s Ross Township Municipal Building after three people were killed four wounded during a shooting rampage Monday night.
Police say 59-year-old Rockne Newell opened fire first with a rifle, then went back to his car, loaded another weapon and began shooting again before two citizens ended his attack.
“They wrestled with him in an attempt to subdue him even while he was firing rounds from that .44 magnum revolver,” said Lt. Col. George Blevins of the Pennsylvania State Police.
Newell was injured, shot one time in the leg during that struggle.
He apparently had a long running dispute with township officials and was recently forced out of his home after it was condemned by inspectors.
Ross Township’s three-member Board of Supervisors meets the first Monday night of the month at the township’s municipal building. Monroe County Commissioner Suzanne McCool said it was “the quietest township in Monroe County.”
“They are never in the newspaper,” McCool said. She said she knew of no controversial issues before the supervisors.
“They are the only township in Monroe County that hasn’t had a tax increase in many, many years,” she said.
CNN’s Kevin Conlon and Joe Sutton contributed to this report.