Murder & Carnage in Pittsburgh, PA: Gunman George Sodini Walks into LA Fitness Center and Kills 3 Woman and Then Himself
We have four confirmed deceased,” said Charles Moffatt, Allegheny County police superintendent.
A gunman who has been identified by police as 48 year old George Sodini walked into a LA Fitness Center last night at Bridgeville Club in Pittsburgh, PA turned out the lights, opened fire, killing three women and wounding nine others before taking his own life.
The shocking murders took place at approximately a little after 8 p.m. ET at the LA Fitness center in the Great Southern Shopping Center. It is reported that the gunman may have fired as many as 50 shots inside the fitness center before turning the gun on himself.
Pics from the scene via Sky 4, Pittsburgh News Channel
Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said the gunman may have fired 50 shots at the 20-22 women inside the room at the time before turning one of his guns on himself and taking his own life. There were perhaps another 50 people in various other parts of the facility at the time.
Moffatt said the gunman left a note inside his gym bag that indicated he did expected to die in the carnage.
According to a note left by the gunman, George Sodini expected to die. Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt did not go into detail but stated from the note that the gunman appears to have hated women and had made a couple of trips to the fitness center earlier in the day before entering a final time to begin his murderous bloodbath.
Moffatt said police were not sure who the target of the shooting was but that the gunman went into the health club planning to shoot several people — firing “multiple” weapons “indiscriminately,” Moffatt said — and did not say anything before unleashing a burst of bullets.
UPDATE II: Gunman Kept an On-line Diary prior to Shooting.
According to ABC News, George Sodini kept on on-line journal detailing his hatred for his domineering mother and brother and his lust for other women.
Journal can be read HERE. Journal entry on last day prior to shoots below the fold.
August 3, 2009:
I took off today, Monday, and tomorrow to practice my routine and make sure it is well polished. I need to work out every detail, there is only one shot. Also I need to be completely immersed into something before I can be successful. I haven’t had a drink since Friday at about 2:30. Total effort needed. Tomorrow is the big day.
Unfortunately I talked to my neighbor today, who is very positive and upbeat. I need to remain focused and absorbed COMPLETELY. Last time I tried this, in January, I chickened out. Lets see how this new approach works.
Maybe soon, I will see God and Jesus. At least that is what I was told. Eternal life does NOT depend on works. If it did, we will all be in hell. Christ paid for EVERY sin, so how can I or you be judged BY GOD for a sin when the penalty was ALREADY paid. People judge but that does not matter. I was reading the Bible and The Integrity of God beginning yesterday, because soon I will see them.
I will try not to add anymore entries because this computer clicking distracts me.
Also, any of the “Practice Papers” left on my coffee table I used or the notes in my gym bag can be published freely. I will not be embarased, because, well, I will be dead. Some people like to study that stuff. Maybe all this will shed insight on why some people just cannot make things happen in their life, which can potentially benefit others.