Pennsylvania: 3 Dead in Government Building Shooting in Ross Township

    Emergency crews respond to a reported shooting at the Ross Township building that left two people dead, Monday, Aug. 5, 2013 in Saylorsburg, Pa. Monroe County emergency management director Guy Miller says the shooting happened Monday evening during Ross Township's regular monthly meeting. He says the gunman has been captured and is in state police custody. (AP Photo/Chris Post)

    Four people were shot and killed and others were injured in a Ross Township, Pennsylvania, municipal government building, it was reported. 

    Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen on Monday confirmed the deaths, according to the Ponoco Record. 

    The suspect shot through a wall with a pistol armed with a scope while workers were having a meeting in the building, said Chris Reber, a Record reporter.

    Reber said that everyone in the room for the Ross Township supervisors meeting dropped to the floor.

    The shooting “was automatic, like a string of firecrackers,” said Reber. “That’s what everyone said.”

    After the shooter shot multiple people, Bernie Kozen, executive director of the West End Open Space Commission, tackled the shooter and turned the gun on the shooter. Kozen shot the shooter with the shooter’s gun.

    Two others people were wounded in the shooting. They were transported to nearby hospitals.

    Monroe County emergency management director Guy Miller told The Associated Press that the suspect was captured and is in police custody. 

    The Allentown Morning Call reported the shooting took place at the municipal building near Anchorage Road at around 7:20 p.m. The area was secured around 40 minutes later.

    The Call said that as many as six people were shot.

    Ross Township, with a population of 6,000 people, is located in Monroe County in Western Pennsylvania.

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    • Richard Jorgensen

      Dang, through a wall and got that many. Wonder what them government folks did to make this poor man so mad. He must be crazy I would let him off with a stern warning and free mental health care.

    • PaNoire

      Your location is incorrect. Ross Twp. Is in Eastern Pa-the Poconos…

    • Ednahilda

      The Ross township you’re showing on the map is not where the shooting occurred.

      Ross Township, MONROE County is near New Jersey, not Ohio. Saylorsburg lies between Easton and Stroudsburg, about 35 miles northeast of Allentown.

    • KT

      Does anybody have a clue? Monroe County is in North Eastern Pa along the Delaware River. Why does everyone think it is in Western pa near Pittsburgh?

    • jonquil

      Ross township, Monroe County is not in western Pennsylvania. It is in eastern Pennsylvania, southeast of Wilkes Barre.

    • Pedro Gonzales

      Why didn’t other citizens have guns to protect themselves? Why was police not at the meeting…at least one for security. There is always someone mad at the officials for some reason. I don’t understand the lack of security and I see this all the time, even when hundreds of people are at Little League baseball games and other public events.

    • SideShowBob

      FYI…Monroe County is in Eastern PA.


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