Investigation Underway After Deadly Mass Shooting Near IUP Campus

After a mass shooting occurred overnight in Indiana County, a location that has helped people for 50 years has now turned into a crime scene.

“They used every available method to leave that building. In an effort to escape that scene, people “dove through windows, ran through doors, and jumped over porch railings,” according to Lt. Col. George Bivens.

One person was killed and eight others were hurt as a result of the dozens of gunfire that were fired inside the Chevy Chase Community Centre.

Six of those patients are still in the hospital.

Around midnight, according to the police, there was a noise complaint. One of the victims is still in the hospital and is in a serious state. Two patients have been let out from the hospital as of right now.

“As you can imagine, this is a very complex and spread-out crime scene.”

Following a mass shooting close to IUP’s campus, the FBI, ATF, U.S. Marshals, and other police departments, including those from outside the state, are working around the clock.

“Thousands of pieces of evidence have been and continue to be collected.”

The majority of the day was spent on the scene by investigators gathering evidence, such as clothing, several firearms, cell phones, ammunition casings, and clothing. When gunfire broke out inside the Chevy Chase Centre, the police say they think there were many shooters.

“There were individuals running through that neighbourhood; I can assure you that they made their way out of that building however they could. As you could think, a lot of gunfire in a small area would result in confusion, Bivens continued.

Nine persons were shot, one of them fatally. The victims, according to the police, are between the ages of 18 and 23.

The injured include two IUP students.

Although it being homecoming weekend, state police claim there was no connection between the shooting and the college celebrations. In an effort to identify the shooters, police said they are currently conducting forensics on the shot casings they have discovered. They are asking anyone who witnessed the incident to come forward with any information.

“We’re urging you to get in touch with PSP and share your knowledge with them, even if you think the information you have is not pertinent. The information you have could be useful to the investigation, according to Robert Manzi, the district attorney for Indiana County.

Anyone who attended the event last night is asked by the district attorney to contact the Pennsylvania State Police Indiana barracks at 724-357-1960 if they have any information.

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