He first thought it was fireworks. That’s what a man who helped take down a shooter who killed three people at a rural Pennsylvania township board meeting Monday night thought he was hearing.
The man, who doesn’t want to be identified, told CNN’s Poppy Harlow on Tuesday morning that the shooter had walked into the meeting in Monroe County and began firing while yelling, “They stole my land! They stole my land!”
“Everyone ran for cover,” the man recalled.
For a brief, crucial moment, the shooting stopped. Police say the shooter left the meeting to change guns.
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