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4 dead in murder-suicide in eastern Pa. supermarket

TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. — TUNKHANNOCK, Pa. (AP) — A gunman and three other people are dead after what state police are calling a murder-suicide that occurred after hours at a Pennsylvania supermarket, state police said Thursday.

Troopers responded to a report of someone shooting people inside Weis Market in Eaton Township, about 25 miles northwest of Scranton, just before 1 a.m. Thursday.


Troopers found the bodies of three males and one female inside, and said another person who witnessed at least part of the episode survived unharmed, according to a statement from the Tunkhannock barracks.

Authorities believe one of the males opened fire on the others before turning the gun on himself.

Online records indicate the store is normally open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Police did not immediately explain how the gunman got into the store, or why he sought out the victims.

WKOK-AM reported that the gunman fired randomly in the store in addition to targeting the victims, and that the witness who escaped unharmed was the person who called Wyoming County 911 dispatchers.

The store's phone was not operating Thursday morning, and a call to Weis Markets headquarters in Sunbury was not immediately returned.

The district attorney and coroner could not immediately be reached for comment. State police expected to release more information once the victims' families were notified. Their names were not immediately released and police didn't say whether the gunman was an employee or how he otherwise knew the victims.

"We believe this is a contained incident and the public is not in any danger at this time," police said in the release.