Pennsylvania Municipal Meeting Shooter Used High-Capacity Magazine


A spokesman for the Pennsylvania State Police told TPM on Thursday morning that Rockne Newell, the man charged with killing three people and injuring three others when he allegedly opened fire on a municipal meeting in Ross Township, Pa., used a 30-round magazine in his rifle. 

State police Capt. Edward Hoke confirmed that Newell used a Ruger Mini-14 .223 caliber rifle and a six shot .44 Magnum revolver in the shooting. According to investigators, Newell fired over 20 shots with the rifle before returning to his car to get the handgun.

Newell reportedly made statements indicating he was motivated by a lengthy property dispute he was engaged in with local officials. 



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