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Pa. Town Shooting Suspect: 'I Wish I Killed More of Them'

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Michael Rielly

Pa. Town Shooting Suspect: 'I Wish I Killed More of Them'

 

August 8, 2013

Good Morning America

By CHRISTINA NG

 

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Pennsylvania authorities today praised two "truly heroic" men who tackled a man after he allegedly opened fire at a town supervisors' meeting Monday night, killing three people and later saying he wished he had "killed more of them," according to court documents.
 
Bernie Kozen, who helped subdue suspect Rockne Newell, 59, told officials that during the struggle, the suspect yelled, "You took my property," followed by an expletive, the documents state.
 
The documents say that as Newell, who was shot during the encounter, was escorted from the scene for treatment, he said, "I wish I killed more of them."
Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. George Bivens said at a news conference today that Kozen and Mark Kresh "are heroes in this whole incident. This could have been much worse, had we not had the quick actions of two individuals who interceded and stopped this."
 
Officials have identified Newell as the alleged shooter, who also left three people injured. Police say he had a long-running property dispute with the town.
Newell showed up unexpectedly at the Ross Township, Pa., supervisors' meeting in a rental car, approached the building from the front and allegedly began firing through a window with a Ruger mini-14 rifle. He passed through and office and toward the meeting room, allegedly firing 14 rounds.
There were about 18 people at the meeting, police said.
 
When he got to the meeting room, he allegedly fired several more rounds. Police said a total of 28 shots were allegedly fired before he left the building, grabbed a 44-Magnum revolver from his car and made his way back to the meeting room.
 
That was when Kozen and Kresh took what police called life-saving actions.
 
"They positioned themselves in a way that they were able to jump on the subject as he came through the door," Bivens said. "They wrestled with him in an attempt to subdue him, even as he was firing rounds."
 
Kozen is the director of parks for the township and Kresh is a citizen who was present at the meeting. After the initial struggle, they held Newell down and bound him with clothing.
 
Police identified the three deceased as Gerard Kozic, David Fleetwood and James Laguardia. Two of the people killed were declared dead on the scene. A third died after being taken to a nearby hospital.
 
Gerard Kozic's wife Linda Kozic sustained a leg injury and is in the hospital.
 
The two other injured were identified as Frank Piraino, who suffered a wound to the head and was released from the hospital, and Howard Beers, who suffered a hand wound and was also released from the hospital.
 
"At this point, there is no reason to believe that anyone else acted with Mr. Newell," Bivens said.
 
Newell is being held at the Monroe County Correctional Facility under charges of criminal homicide. He was arraigned today and is expected to reappear in court within the next 10 days, authorities said.
 
It's unclear whether he has a lawyer.
 
Authorities said the crime scene is secured, as well as a former residence of Newell's. Investigators discovered today that Newell had also been using another residence, for which they are in the process of securing search warrants.
 
When asked about motive and targeting, authorities said Newell was angry about the condemnation of a piece of property and that it appeared that at least the initial gunshots from outside were random and might have become more targeted when he entered the room.
 
Newell's property was condemned Thursday, and he hasn't been in his home since, according to police. He came to the meeting in a car with Texas license plates, police said.
 
Authorities said they were not aware of any recent prior activity in Newell's police record. They are aware of one prior arrest in the early 1980s for reckless endangerment, but they did not go into details.
 
Records show Newell's handgun was lawfully purchased "some time ago" and authorities are still looking into the rifle, police said.
The shooting occurred at 7:23 p.m., at the Ross Township Building, Monroe County, sheriff's spokesman Jeff Strunk said.
 

 

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Dutch Schrap

This is about 5 miles from where my kids live just west of Wind Gap, PA. My son and I were about 3 miles from where this happened that night at his football practice. The local news around here is already calling him a Santa Claus look alike in some of the radio clips around here. They are using this picture in all the National news media even though his beard and hair are so much shorter now. Just lovely.

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SCSanta

This is about 5 miles from where my kids live just west of Wind Gap, PA. My son and I were about 3 miles from where this happened that night at his football practice. The local news around here is already calling him a Santa Claus look alike in some of the radio clips around here. They are using this picture in all the National news media even though his beard and hair are so much shorter now. Just lovely.

 

i feel so sorry for the victims and their families. I cringed when I saw the picture. Sad that the local news is jumping on the 'Santa Look-a-Like' angle. 

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Michael Rielly

The "Santa Shooter". Great.

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Santa Joel

Yeah, I figured someone in media would take off with the Santa look. Just like someone with a do rag on his head is going to be labeled a Hells Angel. 

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SantaCraig

The "Santa Shooter". Great.

The more guys that look like this, the more times they are going to be labeled "Santa" regardless of any affiliation to the Red suit or not.

 

What is popular around here in the South is guys growing out the "Duck Dynasty" beards...everywhere you look you see a guy with one and then a comment "Hey, there's Duck Dynasty." 

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Shannon

I started a thread about this over on FB, and it seems, after a fair amount of investigation, that the suspect is not in any fashion related to being a Santa. I find it odd that someone would grow that hair and wear a red shirt without being a Santa, so perhaps he was preparing to become one. But then again I find it odd that someone could live in a condemnable house with no running water but still afford an iPhone 5!

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Santa Marty

The more guys that look like this, the more times they are going to be labeled "Santa" regardless of any affiliation to the Red suit or not.

 

What is popular around here in the South is guys growing out the "Duck Dynasty" beards...everywhere you look you see a guy with one and then a comment "Hey, there's Duck Dynasty." 

 

I just returned from the Pacific Northwest and it seemed everyone had a Duck Dynasty looking beard.  I guess Duck Dynasty is very popular in locations other than where I live.  So... I hope Santa isn't greeted in this fashion when seen. 

 

Not taking sides here... but it is something to think about when being a RBS.  I'm just sayin....Another thing for the Christmas Bashers/Christian hating people to cling to and publish. 

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Santa TJS

The red t shirt and the red car in the background,just add to associate this nut with the likeness to the Santa character. Last season some nut in a Santa suit shot his family. The media loves this stuf and capitlizes on it.

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Elf Without Jingles

And already, Santas on Facebook is putting their two cents on this! As I told them, the investigators must be permitted to make the first move before any of us start jumping to conclusions.

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Elf Without Jingles

I just returned from the Pacific Northwest and it seemed everyone had a Duck Dynasty looking beard.  I guess Duck Dynasty is very popular in locations other than where I live.  So... I hope Santa isn't greeted in this fashion when seen. 

 

 

 

Please do not get Gurney Productions, which produces Duck Dynasty, involved in this! Next thing you know, Scott and Deidre Gurney might end up issuing a statement on behalf of themselves, A&E, the Robertsons and Duck Commander, stating to the effect that they are in no way connected with these incidents.

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