Not much is known right now, but reports indicate that two people were killed on the scene, one at the hospital, and four were injured at a town supervisors’ meeting in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania, about 75 miles north of Philadelphia. The perpetrator is reported to be in custody after opening fire around 7:30 PM eastern. CNN had the original details (what little there were), and according to some in the comments section of this article the perpetrator used a “scoped pistol” to shoot through the wall of the building. The Pocono Record has a first person account of the event . . .
All I saw was the holes go through the hall.
I saw smoke and plaster flying out, blowing out through the walls.
I ran out after the first round of shooting. I dropped to the floor. That’s what everyone did.
It was automatic, like a string of firecrackers. That’s what everyone said.
Then it stopped and I crawled out the side door.
I was the only person who crawled out. Everyone got behind a table. Some of the supervisors were over on the side throwing up.
A woman ran to the door and opened it and he was standing there.
A man pushed her aside and was shot.
People were shot inside the room.
(The shooter) went back out to his car. The parking lot was adjacent to the building. He brought another weapon back to the building.
(West End Open Space Commission Executive Director ) Bernie Kozen was there tending to the man and he (the shooter) didn’t see them. Bernie bearhugged him and took him down. He shot (the shooter) with his own gun.
Reports are indicating that the suspected shooter, an older white man, had longstanding issues with the local city government. According to the same source, the suspect was in trouble with the city for running a junkyard on his property, building without a proper permit, and collecting fecal matter in buckets.
“If I lose this property, I have nowhere else to go,” Newell told the Pocono Record in June.
“What they’re doing to me, what they’ve been doing to me for so long, it’s wrong.”
More details as they become available.