Man who subdued Pa. gunman describes chaotic scene

SAYLORSBURG, Pa. (AP) — A day after a shooting that left three people dead in his rural Pennsylvania community’s township building, a witness being hailed as a hero described a chaotic scene that ended with him and another man subduing the suspected gunman as others hid behind a barricade of tables and chairs.

Ross Township resident Mark Kresh and the township’s parks and recreation director, Bernie Kozen, wrestled the gunman to the floor. But Kresh deflected the praise given to him by state police and said he simply acted on instinct.

Authorities say Rockne Newell, a disabled junk dealer feuding with local officials over his debris-strewn property, packed a rental car with guns and ammunition before opening fire at the town meeting Monday evening.

He didn’t enter a plea at his arraignment Tuesday.

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