Wednesday, August 5, 2009
A man has killed at least three women at a gymnasium in the US state of Pennsylvania, before shooting himself.
Another 10 people were injured by gunfire in the town of Bridgeville near Pittsburgh, after the incident at the LA Fitness Center.
An eyewitness told a local TV station that a man entered an all-female dance class, turned off the lights, took two guns out of a bag and began firing.
"People everywhere were screaming. It was horrible," said the witness.
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It is not known whether the gunman had any specific reason for targeting anyone at the gym.
"He did not say anything. He walked right into the room where the shootings occurred as if he knew exactly where he was going," said Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt.
'Flashes in the dark'
One witness said there were about 30 women in the dance class when the shooting took place.
She said there were "flashes in the dark" as the gunman began firing into the group.
Others said they saw several women bleeding from bullet wounds to the legs, back and shoulder.
Loretta Moss said she tried to help one woman who was shot in the leg.
"She was screaming, 'It's burning, just please call the ambulance'," Ms Moss said.
The gym management said in a statement: "Each of us in the LA Fitness family are shocked and saddened by the senseless acts of violence that took place."