Ross Township Tragedy: Township Supervisor’s Story

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ROSS TOWNSHIP -- One of the people affected in the Ross Township shooting is supervisor Howard Beers who is still shaken by the tragedy.

Crews were on the scene Thursday at the Ross Township municipal building, still cleaning up after Monday night's deadly shooting.

Police believe that when Rockne Newell allegedly opened fire, he was targeting the township solicitor and supervisors.

One of the targets was supervisor chairman Howard Beers.

"It's hard to even come here at the present time," Beers said.

Police say Newell targeted Beers and the other supervisors, along with the township solicitor, because of a years-long dispute about his property. It was condemned and bought by Ross Township during a sheriff's sale.

"I have been here for 24 years, done what I feel was the best for the township residents as a whole," Beers said.

Beers says all the supervisors try to do what's best for the community but never expected their decisions would push someone to pull the trigger.

Three people were killed and three others were injured, including Beers who says a bullet grazed his hand.

"It's absolutely no big deal. I didn't even want to complain about it because of all the people that were so much worse off."

Beers says he didn't go to the hospital that night because he says he wanted to be at the municipal building and felt he needed to be there.

"I've been here every day since then and I think that's why the emotions change constantly."

Beers says he's trying to move forward by finding salvation in God.

"The reason I'm here is because there is some purpose for him in my life that I haven't fulfilled yet, so I'm really anxious to find out what that purpose is."

The church community in Brodheadsville hopes to help that healing process by holding a prayer service and vigil Thursday night.

The vigil starts at 7 p.m. at Our Lady Queen of Peace in Brodheadsville.

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