Three dead, including gunman, in shooting spree near Penn State University campus

A gunman killed two people and injured two others in a shooting spree near Penn State University’s campus before turning the gun on himself, police said.

The suspected shooter, identified by police as 21-year-old Jordan Witmer, shot and killed Dean Beachy, 62, at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill in State College around 10:30 p.m., State College Police said. He also wounded another man and a woman he allegedly had a relationship with.

The bar is located about two miles from Penn State University’s main campus.

Witmer then drove to a nearby home, where he broke in and killed homeowner 83-year-old George McCormick.

Police say he committed suicide inside the home.

“It's Happy Valley, we like to think these things can't happen here," State College Police Chief John Gardner said. "But one of the things it makes you realize is that it can happen here and it does happen here. I guess it's a sign of the times in the world we live in."

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Gardner told reporters that officers arrived within two minutes of being called to the bar.

“That just, again, illustrates how quickly something can happen,” Gardner said. “A response time for that — that’s pretty quick — and he had time to do his act here, his deeds here, and leave the scene before police are even gone.”

Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers called the shootings "an isolated incident.”

Investigators are still determining what sparked the shooting.

“The more I think about, there’s no sense to it,” Gardner said.

 

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