Man Dressed In Camouflage Opens Fire In Pennsylvania Neighborhood
Police said a 63-year-old man is in custody after opening fire in a West Mifflin, Pennsylvania neighborhood then dumping kerosene throughout his home. His motivation isn’t clear but one neighbor suggested that the man is upset with his cable provider.
Neighbors said the man, whose name hasn’t been released, walked outside in camouflage and with a rifle around 3 p.m. Friday on Nordeen Street.
“He just came out, sat down calmly for about a minute on the wall, and then got up, aimed the gun, and started shooting,” said neighbor Jill Krivanek.
Some of those shots hit a pair of transformers at the top of utility poles along the street. Fluid from inside the transformers started gushing onto the road.
Krivanek said her first reaction was to rush her children to the back of the house for safety.
“They were terrified. They were crying and screaming,” she said.
Police showed up quickly and took the weapon from the shooter, according to witnesses. Authorities said he showed indications that he was suicidal.
“There was kerosene spread throughout the house which you could smell, and there was some doors with ropes on them. We didn’t know if they were traps,” West Mifflin police Sgt. Michael Hasson said.
The Bomb Squad was called to the scene and nearby residents were forced to leave until authorities secured the area.
The unidentified man was taken to a local hospital for psychological treatment. Police say he is expected to face charges.
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