Three People Dead, Four Wounded at Ross Township, PA Meeting … Gun Man Aidentified as 59 Year Old Rockne Newell
Three people have been killed and four were wounded when a gunman opened fire at the Ross Township building in Monroe County, PA at about 7:30 pm. The gunman has been identified as 59 year old Rockne Newell. The 59 year old man, a self-proclaimed junk collector, has had a long time feud with the township for keeping a junkyard on his property. According to reports, Newell’s property was condemned last Thursday. Two of the people killed were declared dead on the scene. A third died after being taken to a nearby hospital. Rockne Newell was tackled by a local official and shot with his own gun. Newell was then taken to the hospital, treated for his wounds and then released into police custody.
A gunman with a property dispute showed up at a Ross Township, Pa., supervisors’ meeting and opened fire tonight, shooting apparently at random before he was subdued by two attendees, a witness and Monroe County officials said.
Three people were killed in the shooting rampage, and three others were wounded, including the shooter, county officials said. The suspect, who was under arrest tonight, was wounded when he was tackled by one of the township officials at the meeting.
Pennsylvania State Police identified the alleged shooter as Rockne Newell, 59, who they said had long-running property dispute with the town.
His property was condemned Thursday, and he hasn’t been in his home since, according to police. He came to the meeting in a car with Texas license plates, police said.
UPDATE I: Police search the home and property of Rockne Newell.
Monday night state police were seeking a search warrant from a district judge for Newell’s property, according to Trooper First Class Michael Sniscak.
As of 11 p.m., however, there was a delay in returning to his property, authorities said. Fearful that his property might be booby-trapped, police said that they might bring in bomb-sniffing dogs as a precaution.