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4 Killed in Frankstown Township, Pennsylvania Shooting; Gunman Jeffrey Lee Michael Dead, 3 Troopers Injured

December 21, 2012 by Brett Wilkins in Crime & Punishment with 2 Comments
Juniata Valley Gospel Church (Photo: JVGC)

Juniata Valley Gospel Church (Photo: JVGC)

Four people are reported dead after a shooting in rural Pennsylvania. The gunman is among the dead; three state troopers are injured.

The Altoona Mirror reports that the Friday morning shooting happened along a rural road in Frankstown Township, located in the central part of the state just east of Altoona. Blair County District Attorney Rich Consiglio said the crime scene “extended over several miles.”

CBS Pittsburgh reports that the gunman has been identified as Jeffrey Lee Michael of Holidaysburg, Pennsylvania.

Consiglio said the victims were three men and one woman. The woman, now identified as 58-year-old Kimberly Scott, was shot and killed at the Juniata Valley Gospel Church outside Geeseytown on Juniata Valley Road. Scott was putting up Christmas decorations in the church when gunshots rang out and bullets smashed through the window. Michael then allegedly entered the church and shot the woman before fleeing in a truck, leaving another woman who was with Scott unharmed.

Michael then allegedly shot and killed 38-year-old William Harrison Rhodes and his father-in-law Kenneth Lynn in the driveway of a home after an argument at a stop sign.

“[Michael] went to their driveway with a pistol, pointed at them and started shooting,” Marie Brenneman, a cousin of one of the victims, told the Tribune-Review.

The rampage ended after a police chase and shootout, in which Michael was killed. Three state troopers were injured. One of the officers was hit in the wrist and chest, but his life was saved by a bulletproof vest. Another officer was injured by flying glass that struck his eye, a third was wounded in a head-on crash involving the gunman.

Police are still trying to determine all the details of this developing case.

“It’s going to take us some time to put this all together… and know exactly what occurred,” Lt. Col. George Bivens, the deputy state police commissioner, told reporters.

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2 Comments

  1. KevinDecember 21, 2012 at 11:56 amReply

    Why does the media continue to publish the name of the shooter? Could this be one reason for the increase in mass killings….. those who want to kill themselves wanting to “make a name for themselves” on their way out?

    • Brett WilkinsDecember 21, 2012 at 12:38 pmReplyAuthor

      I never thought of it that way before. Real food for thought… For example, here at Moral Low Ground, we no longer cover the activities of groups like Westboro Baptist Church, the “God hates fags” folks who picket the funerals of fallen US troops and others. I guess what you propose is like what they do at televised sporting events when some idiot runs onto the field– they don’t show it. I will definitely take this under consideration.

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