Police are searching the home of resident Rockne Newell following a shooting Monday that killed three people.
Rockne Newell of Flyte Road, Ross Township, has been in a dispute with Ross Township. Part of Ross Townshipís dispute with Newell centers on this culvert he had built on the property.
Three people were killed and four were wounded following a shooting Monday at a municipal meeting in Ross Township, Pennsylvania.
FOX News reported:
A gunman blasted shots through the wall of a Pennsylvania municipal building during a meeting on Monday and then barged into the meeting room and continued firing, killing three people, before he was tackled by a local official and shot with his own gun, a witness said.
The shooting, which also injured some people, happened shortly before 7:30 p.m. during Ross Township’s monthly meeting, Monroe County emergency management director Guy Miller said. The gunman, who appeared to be “shooting randomly,” was captured and was treated at a hospital, which was placed on lockdown, he said. The shooter later was released into police custody, said the hospital, which was treating two shooting victims.
State police in Lehighton confirmed the gunman had been captured but didn’t immediately have details on the arrest.
The Pocono Record said one of its reporters was in the township building and a gunman armed with a pistol with a scope shot through a wall into the meeting, in a rural area of northeastern Pennsylvania about 85 miles north of Philadelphia.
Police searched the home of Rockne Newell following the shooting.
The Pocono Record reported:
State police at Lehighton are seeking a search warrant from a district judge to search the property of Rockne Newell in the wake of the deadly shooting in Ross Township. According to Trooper First Class Michael Sniscak, troopers are expected at the scene within the hour.
Newell is a self-proclaimed junk collector who had come under fire from township officials for keeping a junkyard on his property.
According to previous reports, Newell got a building permit from the township to have a storage structure on the property, but then built a dwelling without first getting a zoning permit or certificate of occupancy from the township.
Over the years, authorities have responded to Newell’s property as a result of neighbor complaints and on one occasion in 2009 found human fecal matter in buckets there, according to previous reports in the Pocono Record.
UPDATE: Rockne is an Obama-supporting kook.
From his Facebook page: