Ross Township Shooting: 3 Dead In Revenge Attack As Gunman Rockne Warren Newell Opens Fire At Pa. Town Meeting [VIDEO]
A Ross Township shooting left three people dead and four others seriously injured after gunman Rockne Warren Newell opened fire at a town council meeting in Pennsylvania. The municipal building was crowded at the time of the Ross Township shooting. According to the Pocono Record, Newell was targeting the township's supervisors and solicitor after his property was condemned last week.
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One witness to the Ross Township shooting told police he heard Newell shout, "You took my property, ****suckers," as he entered the building with his gun.
The Ross Township shooting occurred around 7:15 p.m. Monday night. That's when 59-year-old Newell first approached the municipal building and fired through its windows with a long gun. He then entered the building, and fired some more, before going back to his car to retrieve a handgun. Newell then reentered the building, and once again fired on the people inside.
"Is it rather disturbing," Guy Miller, Director of Emergency Management for Monroe County, Pa., told ABC News. "You see it all over, and then here it is, right in your own hometown."
The Huffington Post reports that The Ross Township shooting finally came to an end when two residents tackled and subdued Newell. Bernie Kozen was one of the people who lunged at Newell and got him in a bear hug. Kozen was able to get Newell's gun and shot the man in the leg.
The victims of the Ross Township shooting have been identified. According to Chicago Tribune, they are 64-year-old James V. LaGuardia; 53-year-old Gerard Kozic; and David Fleetwood, the Chestnuthill Township Supervisor, who died at St. Luke's Hospital-Fountain hill after medical personnel flew him there with a serious gunshot wound. The other two victims died at the scene.
Four other people, including Newell, were injured during the Ross Township shooting.
The attack looks to be the result of a feud between Newell and the township over the state of Newell's property. According to ABC News, authorities had condemned Newell's property last Thursday because the yard was filled with junk and trash. One report even states that in 2009, authorities found buckets of fecal matter on Newell's land. He also wasn't permitted to build anything there besides a storage structure, but instead was living on the property out of his car.
When neighbors complained about the "junkyard" down the street, the township looked into it and decided Newell was improperly disposing of human waste and didn't have a septic tank. Last week, they finally condemned his property.
"They have no right to kick me off my property," Newell told the Pocono Record back in June when the paper ran an article about the shooter's 18-year fight with the township over his property. "They call my property an eyesore. When I bought it, it was one of only three properties on the entire road that didn't have what they call junk."
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