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|Author:||J Kaufman [ Sat Aug 10, 2013 9:01 am ]|
|Post subject:||"No news. The meeting was canceled after the shootings."|
It was my first Ross Township board meeting. I had gone earlier Monday to the township hall to check on the agenda.[Pocono Record]
The clerk there gave me an earful about how the previous reporter would call the day after the meetings to get caught up, so I decided that, as the new West End reporter, I would show up to Monday's meeting.
There were about 15 people in the rectangular room seated on padded folding chairs.
The thing that got my attention: plaster flying out, blowing out through the walls. Witnesses would later tell me they saw pictures exploding away from the walls.
I heard more than 10 shots.
It was automatic, like a string of firecrackers. That's what everyone said.
There were real heroes here. People who did not consider their own lives in protecting others.
I crawled out to a hallway and then got outside. There is nothing in reality you can compare it to. It just was not in reality. All I could think was: It wasn't happening to me.
I went outside to the parking lot. There was a girl there calling 911. I was taking cover behind a truck, an SUV. I was about 50 yards away.
The gunman was this guy wearing a blue Hawaiian shirt. I saw him go back out to his car — a silver Impala — and get another gun.
I saw him get something out of his car.
I didn't see blood when I left.
It wasn't real to me until I went back inside and saw people bleeding.
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