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Three dead, two injured at two shooting locations in State College

State College police were investigating a shooting scene at P.J. Harrigan's Bar and Grill in the 1400 block of South Atherton Street. (Courtesy: Alexis Wainwright/WJAC)

STATE COLLEGE, Pa – Three people are dead and two people are injured in a pair of shootings in State College Thursday night, police said.

Police said the gunman is among the dead, killed by a self-inflicted gunshot to the face. State College police investigated two shooting locations overnight and into the early morning hours of Friday. They said the shootings at the two locations were carried out by the same gunman.

State College Police Chief John Gardner said it all started around 10:17 p.m. at the P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill at 1450 S. Atherton Street. He said the gunman opened fire inside, hitting two men and one woman. Gardner said the only connection the gunman had to any of the victims was the woman at the bar. He said she is or was his girlfriend.

Gardner said one of the men in the bar died there while the other man and the woman were taken to Mt. Nittany Medical Center, then eventually flown to another hospital in critical condition.

The gunman got away, Gardner said, and drove less than two miles to the area of Waupelani Drive and Whitehall Road where he crashed his car. That’s where the gunman ran into a nearby housing complex and either broke or shot his way into a home on Tussey Lane, he said.

There, the gunman shot and killed a man, who had no prior relation with him. Gardner said the man’s wife locked herself into a bedroom and called 9-1-1.

Before police could arrive, Gardner said the gunman killed himself inside the home. Gardner would only say the gunman was from Bellefonte.

6 News crews responding to the Tussey Lane location said a car, believed to be the gunman’s, was surrounded by police and eventually towed away and escorted by State College police cruisers. The car appeared to have an out-of-state license plate.

Gardner said he plans to release more information at a briefing Friday afternoon.

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