COLLIER TOWNSHIP (KDKA) ―This is the second major gun massacre in Allegheny County in four months.
Four people are confirmed dead and nine others were wounded when a gunman opened fire inside the L.A. Fitness in Collier Township Tuesday night.
The shooting happened shortly after 8 p.m.
Published reports identify the gunman as 48-year-old George Sodini from Scott Township.
KDKA-TV has learned that Sodini was keeping an online diary where it appears as if he was planning the shooting for about nine months. He also detailed on the site how he attempted to carry out the shooting once before, but backed out.
The gunman, who was carrying a bag with him, reportedly turned off the lights in a workout room and started shooting.
KDKA-TV's Brenda Waters learned that two women died at the scene and a third later died while being transported to St. Clair Hospital.
Police say the gunman was a member at the gym and that he had several handguns in his duffel bag. Police estimate that he fired at least 50 rounds in the cardio room.
KDKA-TV's David Hall has learned that five women were taken to UPMC Mercy Hospital after the shooting. At this time, three of those women are listed in serious condition. The other two remain in critical condition.
At this point, the official count of the victims is fluid.
Relatives of victims are being asked to report to the Bower Hill Volunteer Fire Department to receive information.
The police superintendant says at least 60 or 70 people were inside the gym during the shooting.
Eyewitnesses who have not spoken to police in addition to relatives wanting to know information should call 412-473-3000.
Our thoughts are with everyone involved and their families.
Some news outlets are publishing excerpts of Sodini's blog. I am not inclined to give him the attention.
UPDATE: MariaInPgh announced in comments that there will be a candlelight vigil for the victims Thursday at 5:30 at the City-County building on Grant Street in Pittsburgh. It is organized by the Women and Girls Foundation. Thanks Maria!