The Latest: the Wife of the shooter says that she is OK after the shot

MASONTOWN, Pa. – The Latest news about the shooting in a Pennsylvania court building (all times are local):

3:55 pm

The wife of a gunman who opened fire at a Pennsylvania municipal building says that she is OK and that the police had taken her phone as evidence.

Thirty-nine-year-old Crystal Dowdell made the post on her Facebook page late Wednesday but did not say whether they were wounded in the shooting. Pennsylvania state police confirmed the armed men killed was her husband, the 61-year-old Patrick Dowdell.

Fayette County officials say Dowdell went to the Masontown Borough building shortly after 2 pm, Wednesday with a gun and four people injured, including a police officer. The state police would not say if any of the injured were Dowdell the intended audience.

A police officer in the building fired multiple shots at Patrick Dowdell to kill him.

The authorities say that a protective order was granted against Dowdell in connection with a domestic violence incident.


7:50 pm

Three civilians wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania in the courtroom from the hospital.

The three were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, following Wednesday’s shooting in Fayette County. A hospital spokeswoman said Thursday morning that the two men between 35 and 47 and a 39-year-old woman were all released Wednesday night.

Sixty-one-year-old Patrick Dowdell, of Masontown, was shot and killed by a German Township police officer. Another officer, who was injured, Masontown police Sgt. R. Scott Miller, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Fayette County authorities say that Dowdell entered in the lobby Masontown with a gun drawn and opened fire. He was taken by the court costs associated with domestic violence.

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