Breaking: At Least Five Dead in Philly Suburb Shootings – UPDATE: Suspect Evades Police
At least five people were killed today in several shooting in suburban Philadelphia.
SWAT officers have surrounded a Montgomery County, Pennsylvania home outside of Philadelphia after a gunman, believed to be responsible for at least two shootings in the area, has barricaded himself.
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USA Today reported:
Five people were killed in shootings at three locations in suburban Philadelphia and a manhunt was underway for the killer, WPVI-TV is reporting.
The shootings reportedly took place in three locations in Montgomery County, the TV station said. Other local media outlets have reported some of the shootings. Police also have been called to a possible fourth location, WPVI said.
Investigators told the TV station they had found the suspect’s vehicle, and the station tweeted that the gunman was “barricaded” in the town of Souderton, where two people were reportedly found dead.
Souderton School District issued a notice on its website that it’s schools were in lockdown.
“Due to police activity in Souderton and Harleysville, our schools have been placed in “Shelter in Place” as of 8:45 a.m. this morning. All students are safe and are secured in their classrooms.,” the notice said. “Visitors will not be allowed in the schools until further notice. More information will be provided to parents as soon as possible.”
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The first shooting took place in Lower Salford.
The shooter took his children with him. They were in their pajamas and were not wearing coats.
CBS Local reported:
The first shooting happened Monday morning around 4 in Lower Salford at 150 Main Street. A woman was reported dead in an apartment complex there. The second shooting happened in Lansdale, and the third in Souderton on the 100 block of Penn Avenue.
A woman who witnessed parts of the incident in Lower Salford spoke to CBS3’s Steve Patterson about what she saw.
“I heard four gunshots, and I heard the kids screaming, ‘Mommy, no! We want Mom!’ the woman recalled. “And I ran into my son’s room and looked out the window, and he was actually taking the kids in the car and leaving.”
The woman says at that point, she opened her window and asked the suspect if everything was okay.
“He looked at me and just said, ‘She’s hurt, she’s hurt pretty bad. We gotta go, we gotta go.’ And he just left.”
— Eyes On Now (@eyesonnow) December 15, 2014
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UPDATE: The suspect evaded police.
Via The Reporter Online:
After police previously said they were “operating on (the) assumption” the shooter was barricaded inside a house on 100 block of Penn Avenue in Souderton, Towamencin police Chief Tim Dickson said around 12:30 p.m. that the shooting suspect was not on scene in Souderton following a SWAT operation. Dickinson said the residence is now an “active crime scene.” He also confirmed the long bang sound many on scene heard was a SWAT “diversionary device.”
UPDATE: Police are bring in SWAT units.
— The Reporter (@LansReporter) December 15, 2014