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UPDATE: Latest on municipal meeting shooting that left 3 dead, 3 injured and 1 arrested


SAYLORSBURG --  We have an active shooter incident going on in Ross Township, said a 911 caller at the beginning of the mass shooting at a municipal meeting in Ross Township, Monroe County..

That shooter was later identified as Rockne Warren Newell. Detectives tell us Newell fired shots with a rifle at the Ross Township meeting room from outside, shattering a window.

He then moved inside, shot off more rounds before heading to his car to switch to a handgun and firing off again.

When police showed up Newell was being held down.

We got there chairs knocked over, trying to take cover, recalled one person who was on site.

Theres no confirmed motive, but Newell recently lost his home to the township in a Sheriff's Sale. He did post about his recently condemned home, asking the community to help him and State Police say this was an on going feud and Newell was angry.

And now because of those gunshots three people are dead, David Fleetwood, Gerard Kozic and James LaGuardia and three others. Linda Kozic, Frank Piraino and Howard Beers were injured.

Detectives are searching Newells current and former residence along with a car he recently rented, trying to find any more clues.


At least three people are now confirmed dead, according to Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen, and at least three are in critical condition following a shooting at Monday night's Ross Township Board of Supervisors meeting.

Police have identified the shooter at Rockne Newell, 59. 

Two victims, both men, died at the scene and one victim who was helicoptered out later died at the hospital. Another victim later died as well, but details are not available.

West End Open Space Commission Executive Director Bernie Kozen reportedly tackled the shooter and turned the gun onto the shooter.

Township Supervisor Howard Beers' daughter, Alissa Rutt, got a call from her dad where he said, "Just listen to what I have to say: No matter what you hear, I'm OK."

The shooter was conscious and taken out on a stretcher, according to reports at the scene.

A Pocono Record reporter who was at the meeting reported that the alleged gunman had a pistol with a scope and shot through a wall into the meeting. 
Two people are dead after a shooting at a board of supervisors meeting in Monroe County Monday night.

Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen has confirmed two people died in Ross Township. According to police scanner reporters, the suspect has been captured.

A Pocono Record reporter who was at the meeting reported that the alleged gunman had a pistol with a scope and shot through a wall into the meeting.

One person was shot in the leg, two were shot in the stomach, and one was shot in the head, according to unconfirmed reports.

Police radio reports indicate a man has been captured in the Ross Township municipal building on Anchorage Road.

Ross Township is a township of about 6,000 people in the south-east corner of Monroe County, adjacent to Northampton County.
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