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September 19, 2018

At least 5 reportedly injured in shooting at Pennsylvania district judge’s office

A police officer is believed to be one of the five injured in the shooting

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Updated 9/19/18, 6:27 p.m.

Police in Fayette County responded to a shooting in the offices of a Pennsylvania district judge Wednesday afternoon.

According to Pittsburgh’s CBS2, at least five people were injured, including a police officer. The alleged shooter died at the scene. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the shooter was Patrick Dowdell, 61. 

The shooting reportedly happened inside the office of Magisterial District Judge Daniel Shimshock, in a building on East Church Avenue in Masontown, an hour-and-a-half south of Pittsburgh. A police spokesman told the Post-Gazette neither Shimshock nor any staff member was the target of the shooting.

The police officer who was reportedly shot, Sgt. R. Scott Miller, was also the man who killed Dowdell, according to the Post-Gazette

According to WTAE, a witness reportedly saw a man following a woman across a street, running, with a gun raised. The man then reportedly opened fire. 

This is a developing story, and will be updated with more information as it becomes available.


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