By Jim Melwert
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Pennsylvania State Police say an ongoing dispute with township officials led a man to open fire on a municipal building in a rural Pennsylvania community where a township meeting was being held, killing three people and injuring three others, before being tackled to the ground and shot with his own gun.
The incident happened at a Ross Township supervisors meeting in Saylorsburg, Monroe County, between 7 and 7:30 Monday night, with about 18 people in the township building.
A reporter for the Pocono Record was in the meeting when gunfire began, and he describes the plaster of the walls exploding. He was able to crawl out a side door to safety, but he says he saw the gunman go out to a car in the parking lot, get another weapon and then go back in the building.
State Police Captain Edward Hoke says, “Mr. (Rockne) Newell approached the township building armed with a long gun. Upon the approach to the township building, he began to fire the long gun into the township building, through the windows of the building.”
Hear the full briefing by Pa. State Police officials (runs 25:07)…