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Health club back open after attack

August 23, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Members are quietly returning to a health club where a gunman killed three women Aug. 4. Workers at LA Fitness took down plastic sheeting behind the facility's front glass doors before opening the club in Bridgeville for the first time since the shooting.

"This is a happy, nice place, and I think it's important that we come back, because things like that can't control our lives," said Dorrine Green of Upper St. Clair, one of about 15 people waiting at the club when it opened.

George Sodini, 48, entered the club with a gym bag full of guns, then killed three women and injured nine others in a Latin dance class before killing himself. The computer analyst targeted the class full of women after what he described on a hate-filled Web page as years of rejection and loneliness.

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