Police respond to State College shooting
Four people are now dead after Thursday night’s shooting events in State College.
Jordan Witmer — a 21-year-old man from Bellefonte who shot four people Thursday night in State College — had no relationship with three of them, according to State College police chief John Gardner, who updated media in a press conference Friday afternoon.
The exception was Witmer’s ex-girlfriend, 21-year-old Nicole Abrino.
The two were speaking at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill at the Ramada Inn on South Atherton Street at about 10:15 p.m. and were seated across from Dean and Steven Beachy.
Police don’t yet know why, but Witmer eventually got up from his seat, walked to the other side of the bar and began shooting.
Dean Beachy, 62, was shot in the head and died at the scene. Then Witmer shot Steven Beachy, Dean’s 19-year-old son.
Steven died at about 1 p.m. Friday after being treated at Mount Nittany Medical Center and airlifted to UPMC Altoona’s trauma center.
Abrino, meanwhile, was shot in the chest and is currently at a Pittsburgh area hospital receiving treatment. Her condition is unknown, according to Gardner.
From there, Witmer left P.J. Harrigan’s, hopped in his black Mazda, drove to the intersection of Waupelani Drive and Tussey Lane and inadvertently crashed the vehicle.
Witmer then exited the vehicle, shot and kicked his way through a sliding glass door into a residence on Tussey Lane and killed 83-year-old homeowner George McCormick.
While McCormick’s wife locked herself in a bedroom and called 911, Witmer shot and killed himself, at about 11:15 p.m. Thursday.
“It is believed at this time he randomly chose their house after he crashed the car,” Gardner said.
Gardner said Witmer was legally allowed to carry the gun — a small-caliber semi-automatic — he used throughout the hour-long incident.
The Ferguson Township, Patton Township and Penn State police departments also responded, along with Centre LifeLink EMS.
In a Facebook post, P.J. Harrigan’s management said the bar will be closed “for the foreseeable future,” while the restaurant will be closed “until next week.”
A vigil organized by Standing at the Gates for Justice is planned for 4-5:30 p.m. Monday at the South Allen Street gates.
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