By Jueseppi B.
On the one week anniversary of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, comes this news:
By Associated Press, Updated: Friday, December 21, 4:08 PM
HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. — A man fatally shot a woman decorating for a children’s Christmas party at a tiny church hall and killed two men elsewhere in a rural central Pennsylvania township Friday before he was fatally shot in a gunfight with state troopers.
The shootings began in Frankstown Township at about 9 a.m. and investigators were processing five crime scenes within about a 1.5-mile radius, authorities said at a news briefing Friday afternoon. The troopers were responding to a 911 call of a shooting in the township when they heard calls reporting at least one other shooting elsewhere, state police spokeswoman Maria Finn said.
Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio said that there “might be some relation” between at least two of the victims in and around the tiny village in Geeseytown, about 70 miles west of Harrisburg.
The woman at Juniata Valley Gospel Church had cooked food the day before for the funeral of the longtime pastor, said the Rev. James McCaulley, his brother. The central Pennsylvania church was still reeling from the Rev. David McCaulley’s death when the woman returned to decorate the church hall — named after the pastor of 58 years — and bullets ripped through a window, he said.
The gunman then entered and shot one of two women before he left, the Rev. James McCaulley said.
Full article at The Washington Post National.
From NBC News.com
By M. Alex Johnson, NBC News Michelle Acevedo of NBC News contributed to this report.
A gunman killed three people Friday in central Pennsylvania, including a woman in a church, before police shot him dead, authorities said. Three state troopers were injured, including one who was shot twice in the chest but survived thanks to his bulletproof vest. Pennsylvania State Police said the man killed the three people at three different locations, including the church and a private home in Frankstown Township, about 75 miles west of Harrisburg.
About 9 a.m. ET, the gunman fired into the church, killing the woman, before shooting and killing a man at a private residence, police said. Those shootings may have been related, Blair County District Attorney Richard Consiglio said. As the gunman fled, his pickup truck crashed into a second vehicle, and he shot and killed the other driver, police said. The truck subsequently crashed into a car driven by one of the troopers on Juniata Valley Road near Geeseytown, and the gunman got out and began firing. The troopers returned fire, killing the suspect, police said.
The woman was killed at Juniata Valley Gospel Church in Frankstown Township, the Rev. James McCaulley, brother of the church’s late pastor, told The Associated Press. McCaulley, who was in town after having presided over his brother’s funeral Thursday, told the AP that the woman was struck by gunshots that flew through a window of the church hall as she was decorating for a children’s Christmas party.
Full report can be found at NBC News.com
Mike Huckabee…..so much for your theory about prayer being what caused the Newtown School shooting….prayer preventing shootings is a myth, since this happened in a church.
Besides putting armed police in schools, maybe we should also put armed law enforcement in our places of worship as well?
Maybe we can blame this massacre on the winter solstice??