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Shooting Spree Near Philly Kills 4: Police

Suspect reportedly barricaded in Souderton home after shootings in 3 towns
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 15, 2014 12:16 PM CST

(Newser) – At least four people are dead and a suspect is barricaded in a home near Philadelphia after shootings in three different Pennsylvania communities today, according to law enforcement sources cited by WPVI. A call about the first shooting took place at 3:55am ET in Lower Salford, where a woman who was reportedly the suspect's ex-wife was found shot to death. At least three other people were subsequently found dead in Lansdale and in Souderton, the same town where the suspect is now reportedly holed up, CNN reports.

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All victims were said to have been shot at close range, and while the suspect hasn't been publicly ID'd, police are saying he's a male military veteran, WPVI notes. Two children were said to have been taken from the Lower Salford incident unharmed, and the Souderton Area School District was placed on lockdown, though WPVI says that order has now been lifted. SWAT officers have reportedly seen activity inside the Souderton house they're surrounding but haven't made contact with anyone inside, NBC Philadelphia reports. The WPVI helicopter has also reported police cordoning streets in Pennsburg, Pa., though no news about how that town may be involved has emerged. (Read more Pennsylvania stories.)

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