Saylorsburg, Pa. (WSYR-TV/ABC) – Police say a Pennsylvania man launched a deadly attack on a town council meeting in Monroe County, Pa., over a longstanding dispute with local government.
Three people were killed when 59-year-old Rockne Newell opened fire on the meeting, police say.
According to police, Newell first fired his shotgun through the building’s windows in Ross Township.
Meanwhile, nearly 20 people within the building scrambled for cover.
Once inside, Newell allegedly turned his gun on town council members and residents.
A Pocono Record reporter at the scene said he heard at least 10 shots.
The reporter – Chris Reber – told the newspaper that when Newell ran out of ammunition he returned to his vehicle and retrieved a pistol.
At that point, a local official reportedly overpowered the gunman with the help of others, wrestling the weapon away.
Newell was also shot during the incident.
Police believe Newell wanted revenge after his home was condemned last week.
He reportedly feuded with the local government – with neighbors complaining that his land had become a junkyard and he was living without a septic system.