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Post Sandy Hook: Police investigate Penn. shooting spree

Pennsylvania State Police have identified the gunman who allegedly killed four people in rural Pennsylvania Friday. While the shooting was not connected with the Sandy Hook massacre in Connecticut, police are digging into the gunman's motive. 

By James B. KelleherReuters / December 23, 2012

Pennsylvania state trooper Jeff Pettuci talks during a news conference at the Geeseytown Fire Company about shootings along a nearby rural road that left four people dead and three Pennsylvania State troopers injured on Friday, in Geeseytown, Pa.

Keith Srakocic/AP



Investigators are searching for a possible motive in a shooting spree that left four people dead in rural Pennsylvania, including two apparent neighbors of the gunman, state police said on Saturday.

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The violence erupted on Friday when a man with a pistol fatally shot three people in Frankstown Township, about 100 miles east of Pittsburgh, before he was killed in a shootout with state troopers as he tried to flee in a pickup truck, authorities said.

Officials identified the gunman as Jeffrey Lee Michael, 44.

Pennsylvania State Police spokesman David McGarvey said two of the three people the gunman killed appeared to be neighbors, but gave few further details.

He said investigators "aren't aware of any dispute" between Michael and the victims, who were identified asKimberly Scott, 58, Kenneth Lynn, 60, and William Rhodes Jr., 38.

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