Authorities in Pennsylvania say a man was killed after he opened fire in a Masontown courthouse.
According to Fox News, police received reports of gunshots at about 2 p.m. Wednesday near Judge Daniel Shimshock’s office inside the building.
As of the latest reports available, it was unclear whether the suspected gunman was killed by his own hand or police officers on the scene.
A county commissioner near the scene at the time of the shooting reported that the gunman was dead and that the coroner’s office had been informed.
In addition to his death, at least four individuals were injured from gunfire during the incident.
One woman in court at the time the shots rang out said there were hundreds of people in the area. Those nearby began crowding into nearby rooms and offices, Joyce Royster told local reporters.
“Someone opened the door, and I had been on the floor, and we flew into the room and took cover in one of the offices,” she told WTAE. “People were yelling, they were crying and they were very, very upset. Some people were injured, lost their shoes, lost their purses — they were just running for their lives.”
The city’s mayor said one of the victims was a Masontown police officer with injuries that were not expected to be life-threatening. The officer was being treated for hand injuries at a Uniontown hospital.
Two victims were flown to a hospital in West Virginia, according to emergency personnel. Another was transported to an area hospital. Their conditions were not immediately available.
Officials initially enacted lockdowns at nearby buildings, including a Masontown Elementary School, but they were all lifted as of 4 p.m.
Parents were informed that children from the school would be transported to a local fire station, where they were dismissed to parents or transported home by school buses.
[Featured image: WTAE, video screenshot]