Community Gathers At Vigil For Victims Of Ross Township Shooting
By Elizabeth Hur
BRODHEADSVILLE, Pa., (CBS) – A shooting at a municipal building in a rural Pennsylvania community left three people dead and three others injured (see previous story).
On Tuesday night, a community gathered in mourning.
Most gathered here did not know the victims personally, but felt compelled to show they care.
“When we heard the news. It really did something to us so we decided to turn this into a town of healing,” said Dr. Kenneth Pearman.
“His heart and soul were so much into this community.”
Grace Marks is still reeling. June O’Neill feels overwhelmed.
“We feel like he’s still here, it’s surreal,” said O’Neill.
Both attended the prayer service after this meeting held to honor their colleague and friend, Chestnuthill Township Supervisor David Fleetwood, killed along with Gerard Kozic and James LaGuardia Monday night.
“He saved that woman. He pushed that woman out of the way and he took her bullet,” O’Neill.
Amid chaos, we’re hearing more stories of heroism.
“Yes that’s who Dave was and I’m sure he was trying to get right back up and trying to save somebody else, I’m sure,” said O’Neill.
“You don’t have time to think. You just react and that’s it. I only did what needed to be done to help the rest of the people there,” said Mark Kresh.
Kresh did not want to talk on camera, but he and township official Bernie Kozen, also hailed as heroes, tackling and subduing the suspect before he could unleash a second wave of gunfire.
“Tremendous amount of lives, everyone else in that room, Bernie and the other gentleman, saved, saved,” said O’Neill.