One dead, several others injured during Saturday night bowling alley attack in ‘safe neighborhood’: Police

One person is dead and three others are injured after gunfire rang out Saturday night at a bowling alley in a Philadelphia suburb, WPVI-TV reports.

Police responded to the Our Town Alley shortly before 7 p.m. Saturday in East Norriton, where they found four people suffering from gunshot wounds.

“Everybody just started screaming and running and going to the door,” witness Gabriella Williams said.

One person was pronounced dead at the bowling alley, while the three other victims were hospitalized. The condition of the three surviving victims was not available Sunday morning.

It is possible that other victims were brought to hospitals in private vehicles, according to the East Norriton Police Department.

Witnesses told police they heard about a dozen shots in the facility. Investigators searched the bowling alley and the area around it for the shooter, but no suspects were found. Police believe there was just one shooter, KYW radio reports.

A Facebook post by the police department said “[t]he actors are not from the area.”

“This isn’t a common occurrence here,” East Norriton Police Chief Brandon Pasquale told KYW. “This is a relatively safe neighborhood.”

Authorities have not indicated whether a motive for the shooting has been identified. Investigators are hopeful that security cameras and other images will help show what happened and who did it.

The shooting prompted bowlers to run for safety. A witness saw one man break through a window to get his children out of the building, WCAU-TV reports. Another family snuck inside a mechanical room with an employee in the laser tag area.

“We heard yelling and screaming after the fact, once we were pulled out of the laser tag room,” Natalie Abell told WPVI-TV.

East Norriton is about 20 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

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