MASONTOWN, Pa. – The shooter is dead and at least four others were injured in a shooting outside of a court in Pennsylvania, a county official said..
County Commissioner Vince Vicites said that he went to the county court as soon as he heard about the 2 hours of shooting because the county has a number of employees who work in the magistrate’s office. He said that he was, said the coroner had been called and that the shooter had died.
Earlier, a 911 center supervisor said five people were injured in the Wednesday afternoon shooting, and four had been taken to hospitals. It was unclear if the dead gunman was among the injuries.
Nor Vicites nor the supervisor had the information about the identity of the shooter. It was unclear whether the alleged gunman had died from injuries which he had incurred by contact with the enforcement of the law or of self-inflicted injuries.
Masontown Mayor Toni Petrus was in the hospital Wednesday afternoon to check on a Masontown police officer who had received non-life-threatening injuries during the shooting. State police confirmed via social media that the shooting happened about 2 pm, Wednesday at the office of the District Judge Daniel Shimshock in Masontown, about 60 miles south of Pittsburgh.
The 911 supervisor said two of the victims were flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, with a helicopter and another was taken by ambulance. The extent of their injuries was unclear Wednesday afternoon. The official 911 not identify themselves by name, in accordance with department practice.
The police officer was treated for hand injuries at a hospital in nearby Uniontown.
Joyce Royster was in a room in the building on Wednesday. She told WTAE, there were hundreds of people in the courtroom when the shooting began just outside. She said that people fled the courtroom as the shooter starts to the inside and took shelter in offices and courtrooms.
The police said that the scene had been “protected” and there was no longer a threat. It was unclear whether the shooter was taken into custody or was injured.
A state police spokesman said on Twitter that all lockdowns in schools, offices and businesses was lifted, shortly before 4 pm, They are asking any witnesses to contact their local office.
At least one of the nearby elementary school was placed on lockdown after the shooting. The Masontown elementary School officials redirected a number of students bus routes to the fire station for parents to pick up students.
Messages with police and county officials were not immediately returned Wednesday.