Four shot, killed on rural road
The gunman has been identified as 44-year-old Jeffrey Lee Michael of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania. The victims are Kimberly A. Scott, 58, William Harrison Rhodes Jr., 38, and his father-in-law, Kenneth Lynn.
Michael's first victim was reportedly Scott, of Duncansville, who was decorating Juniata Valley Gospel Church in Frankstown Township for Christmas Friday morning when shots rang out and bullets pierced through a window.
Michael entered the church and shot Scott, then fled in a truck, leaving another woman who was with her unharmed.
Michael then allegedly shot Rhodes and Lynn in the driveway of a home after a confrontation at a stop sign, one of the men's cousins, Marie Brenneman, told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
'This person went to their driveway with a pistol, pointed at them and started shooting,' Brenneman said.
She said the shooter was a neighbor of Rhodes and Lynn.
'They were uneasy around him,' she said.
Rhodes' sister, Marie, mourned the loss of her brother on Facebook.
'Today is the worst day of my life,' she wrote. 'My brother and his father-in-law were shot and killed today by some psychopath. I hope [people] with mental problems really start getting help, so s**t like this stops happening.'
Victim William Rhodes worked at Grannas Brothers, a construction and contracting firm based in Hollidaysburg, according to his Facebook profile. He
State police said late Friday that they were still trying to piece together a timeline and motive. The gunman and the victims weren't related, Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio said.
'It's going to take us some time to put this all together ... and know exactly what occurred,' said Lt. Col. George Bivens, deputy state police commissioner. Investigators are processing five crime scenes within about a 1.5-mile radius.
The rampage ended when troopers chased Michael down and killed him in a shootout.
Three troopers in patrol cars were injured in the pursuit that began after the gunman, driving a pick-up truck, fired at them, police said. One trooper injured a wrist and then was hit in the chest but was saved by a bulletproof vest.
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