Crime

State College shooting update: identities of suspect, victims released

Three people are dead after a night of violence in the State College area.

Jordan Witmer, a 21-year-old from Bellefonte, shot and killed Dean Beachy, a 62-year-old from Millersburg, Ohio, at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar and Grill at the Ramada Hotel, 1450 S. Atherton St., according to Coroner Scott Sayers.

Witmer also shot another man and woman — who was either his girlfriend or ex-girlfriend — at the bar, State College police chief John Gardner told WJAC-TV.

The two were first taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center before being flown by helicopter to another medical center and are in critical condition, Gardner told WJAC.

Following the shooting at P.J. Harrigan’s, Witmer fled, crashed a vehicle on Waupelani Drive and broke into a residence on Tussey Lane. There, Witmer shot and killed the 83-year-old homeowner, George McCormick. Witmer then shot and killed himself, according to Sayers.

“The investigation is still ongoing. This is an isolated incident and it has not been determined if the shooter knew any of the deceased,” Sayers wrote in the press release. “Autopsies are pending with further investigation by the State College police and the coroner’s office.”

Gardner is expected to provide an update on the incident at a 2:30 p.m. press conference.

This is a breaking news story. Please check back for updates.

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