According to Pennsylvania State Police, one person is dead and at least eight others are hurt after a shooting early Sunday morning at Chevy Chase Community Center on North 5th Avenue in White Township. Pennsylvania State Police say the shooting happened around 12:35 a.m. on Sunday during a private party of about 100-150 college-aged students from inside the community center. The event was not sanctioned by the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP), which is hosting homecoming festivities this weekend. As of press time, nobody is in custody yet, and police are also still trying to determine how many shooters were involved.
When authorities arrived on the scene, people were running from the community center. Victims were treated at four different hospitals in the region, with some of them are still receiving treatment, while others have since been released. The person who died as a 22-year-old male from Pittsburgh; the eight other victims are identified as: 5 males, 3 females between the ages of 18-23. Two students from the university were injured.
In a letter sent to students, Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Tom Segar said he understands the violence is “frightening and may cause continued feelings of fear and worry. IUP is a community that cares about one another. Your safety and security is our priority, and we continue to look for ways to improve our processes. Because we are a community, we welcome — we need — your help… We continue to work with community law enforcement to find those responsible for this incident, and we will update you as information becomes confirmed.”
Authorities ask that anyone with information to immediately contact Troop A, Indiana at 724-357-1960. Pennsylvania Crime Stoppers is offering a $10,000 reward for information that solves this case. Anonymous tips to Crime Stoppers can be made by calling 1-800-4PA-TIPS (8477) or by submitting information online.
Governor Josh Shapiro said he was briefed overnight about the shooting in a statement on X, formerly Twitter: “As [State Police] investigate, Lori and I are praying for the victims of this tragedy. We ask anyone with information to reach out to the State Police. Our hearts are with the White Township community.”
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