August 6th, 2013
11:46 AM ET

3 Dead in PA Town Hall Shooting

Three people are dead after a gunman opened fire at a town hall meeting in Eastern Pennsylvania.

The deadly shooting unfolded last night at about 7:30 p.m.

“The normally calm town council meeting turned into horror in seconds,” reports CNN's Poppy Harlow from Saylorsburg, PA.

According to authorities,  suspect Rockne Newell entered the township meeting and sprayed bullets to the 15 people and attendees.

“Police say Newell started firing even before entering the building, killing three and wounding several more with what is described as a long gun.”

“He then again reproached the building and entered the building again firing a weapon and was subsequently tackled and brought to the ground,” a police official said.

Authorities credit one of the men who tackled him for preventing further bloodshed.

“We don’t know why he did this,” Harlow says. “We don't know whether anyone was being specifically targeted or not. That is yet to be seen.”

But local media from the last year indicates the suspected shooter was involved in an ongoing property dispute with town officials.

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