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Health club shooting in Pennsylvania leaves 4 dead

At least 10 others are hurt after the gunman enters an exercise class and opens fire at the L.A. Fitness in Bridgeville, Pa.

August 05, 2009|Associated Press

BRIDGEVILLE, PA. — An armed man strolled to the back of an exercise class at a health club in suburban Pittsburgh on Tuesday night, pulled out two guns and started shooting, leaving at least four people dead, including himself, and wounding at least 10 others.

"He did not say anything," Allegheny County Police Supt. Charles Moffatt said. "He walked right into the room where the shootings occurred as if he knew exactly where he was going."

A law enforcement official said two women and a man believed to be the shooter died at the scene and a fourth person died on the way to a hospital. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he wasn't authorized to comment.

The shooting was at the L.A. Fitness Center in Bridgeville, a community of about 5,000 residents near Pittsburgh International Airport.

Five other people were hospitalized in critical condition. Four more were in fair condition or listed as stable. Victims were taken to three separate hospitals.

Debi Wozniak of Dormont is a regular at the weekly Latin impact dance exercise class. She was running late Tuesday night and didn't make it, but she said her sister, Joann Gazzam, was there.

Gazzam told Wozniak that a man came into the exercise room, walked to the back near some weights and set down a bag. He fumbled with it for a few minutes and came up with guns, Wozniak quoted her sister as saying.

"She told me, 'Debi, I seen everything. Oh, my God, I seen everything. I seen him pull out the guns,' " Wozniak said.

Moffatt said police recovered two guns from the scene. He would not discuss a possible motive for the shooting, whose victims hadn't been identified.

"As you can imagine in a fitness club, they don't have identification on them," he said.

Loretta Moss, 44, of McDonald said she was exercising on a treadmill when she heard a popping noise.

"I didn't pay any attention, and the next minute, people were screaming," said Moss, who then heard more pops.

"There was a . . . whole spray of them. I'd say about 15 altogether, and then people started screaming and yelling and started running out the building," she said.

"We lay down, and then after the last set of . . . gunshots, we got up and someone said, 'Run.' "

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