Blog note: Jesus indicated that one (of many) signs of the end times or the end of the age grace would be that love for one another would grow cold. Matthew 24:12, “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.” This can also be interpreted that lawlessness will abound. This includes violence, murder, terrorism, shootings, knife attacks, car/van attacks, chemical attacks and other similar acts of destructive and evil behavior. Yes, these things have occurred in time past. But consider the frequency, intensity and devastation of these types of attacks and mass school shootings. They are like birth pangs in frequency and intensity. This is just one part of the CONVERGENCE or CONVERGING of signs.
4 Dead, 1 Critical After Shooting Spree Near Penn State: ‘It’s the World We Live In’
KC Baker. People•January 25, 2019
Four people are dead and one is in critical condition after two shootings allegedly by the same gunman Thursday night near Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, PEOPLE confirms.
Starting at about 10:14 p.m., the suspected gunman, identified by authorities as Jordan Witmer, 21, of Bellefonte, opened fire at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill inside a Ramada Hotel, State College Police Chief John Gardner said at a press conference Friday afternoon.
In his update, Gardner said that Witmer and Nicole Abrino, 21, who was shot and injured in the melee, were at the bar together and were sitting across from Dean Beachy, 62, of Millersburg, Ohio, and Steven Beachy, 19.
“At one point, Witmer got up from his bar seat and walked to the other side of the bar near where the Beachy’s were seated,” Gardner said, reading from a statement.
To everyone’s shock and horror, he began firing.
“Investigators are still trying to determine what led Witmer to pull out a handgun and begin shooting,” he said.
Dean Beachy sustained a gunshot wound to the head and died at the scene, he said.
Steven Beachy was shot in the torso and was transported to Mount Nittany Medical Center along with Abrino who was shot in the chest.
They were later life-flighted to other medical facilities where they were listed in critical condition as of this morning.
On Friday at 1 p.m., State College police were notified that Steven Beachy had died, Gardner said.
Witmer’s alleged killing spree did not end at the bar. He fled the restaurant and crashed his car on Waupelani Drive, less than two miles from the hotel, Gardner said.
He ran to a nearby home at random, breaking into it by shooting a sliding glass door and kicking it in, Gardner said. There he killed homeowner, 83-year-old George McCormick, with a gunshot to the head, he said.
While Witmer was inside the home, McCormick’s terrified wife, Joann McCormick, 80, locked herself in another room and called 911, Gardner said. She was unharmed.
While police raced to the scene, Witmer shot himself in the head in the living room and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Gardner said.
Authorities have not pinpointed a motive yet and are still seeking answers as to why Witmer allegedly went on the horrific killing spree.
They are still unclear as to the nature of the relationship between Witmer and Abrino. On Thursday night, Gardner told reporters he believed Abrino was either a current or ex-girlfriend.
On Friday, Gardner said, “All first responders are deeply saddened by these tragic events. Our hearts go out to all the victims and their families.”
While Gardner said State College is one of the safest areas of the country, he said Thursday night that unfortunately, shootings like this can still happen anywhere.
“It’s Happy Valley and we like to think these things can’t happen here, but one of the things it makes you realize is it can happen here and it did happen here,” Gardner said, WHTM reports. “I guess it’s just a sign of the times of the world we live in.”
Students on the Penn State campus are upset that police did not notify them of the shootings, outlets including local station WCAU NBC 10 and Onwardstate.com report.
The university’s alert system only includes incidents that take place on or near campus, Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers told Onwardstate.com.
The University also posted messages on Twitter about its alert system.
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