Four people were killed after gunman George Sodini, 48, opened fire at the Bridgeville LA Fitness workout center in a Pittsburgh suburb before killing himself. According to police, he walked into the facility with several guns hidden in a gym bag at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday night.
Sodini, a member of the gym, entered an aerobics class where 20 female members were working out. He reportedly doused the lights and fired 50 rounds into the crowded room. Four people were killed and 12 were taken to various hospitals with gunshot wounds.
A note was found in the deceased shooters gym bag. Police have not released the contents. Unsubstantiated rumors indicate that Sodini was interested in a woman who attended the aerobics class, though it is unclear whether she was even aware of his ‘fatal attraction’.
A George Sodini blog link revealed that he kept an online diary, which has since been taken down by authorities. He entered the following information, including his date of death: 5-10, 155 lbs, never married, DOD 8/4/2009 and this comment, “Planned to do this in the summer but figure to stick around to see the election outcome. This particular one got so much attention and I was just curious.”
A representative for LA Fitness, Simon R. Barker, issued the following statement: “Each of us in the LA Fitness family are shocked and saddened by the senseless acts of violence that took place at the Bridgeville area club this evening. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and friends. We are working with local law enforcement as they conduct their investigation.”
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