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Gunman kills 3 at Pennsylvania town hall meeting

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A gunman killed three during a Board of Supervisors meeting in eastern Pennsylvania Monday. (Source: KYW/CNN) A gunman killed three during a Board of Supervisors meeting in eastern Pennsylvania Monday. (Source: KYW/CNN)

SAYLORSBURG, PA (RNN) - Police say at least three people were killed in a shooting that took place during a Board of Supervisors meeting in Pennsylvania.

The shooting broke out shortly after 7:30 p.m. EST Monday at the Ross Township building in Saylorsburg, PA, about 75 miles north of Philadelphia.

Two victims died at the scene. The alleged gunman has been identified as Rockne Newell, and police say "he had an ongoing dispute with the township over his property," but said the motive for the shooting was still under investigation.

Police estimate 15-18 people were in the meeting room when he allegedly began firing first through the windows before entering the building.

Chris Reber, a reporter for the Pocono Record, was at the meeting and described the situation.

"All I saw was the holes go through the hall. I saw smoke and plaster flying out, blowing out through the walls," he wrote.

After the first round of shooting, the gunman went to his car to get another weapon. However, when he came back into the building, he was tackled by Bernie Kozen, a local official, who took the gun away and allegedly shot the shooter.

"Bernie bearhugged him and took him down. He shot (the shooter) with his own gun," Reber wrote.

The suspected gunman is in custody.

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