West Liberty gunman in custody

Published by Joe Wells, Date: September 11, 2021
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Slippery Rock University (SRU) reported Saturday morning that the gunman involved in a shooting Saturday along Smith Road in West Liberty Township is in custody.

In an email sent to community stakeholders around 1:50 p.m., the university said the Pennsylvania State Police (PSP) informed them of the arrest. A safety alert notification was sent out at 11 a.m. Saturday morning.

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The suspect has not been identified at this time, but a description of the gunman, a white male who is five feet eight inches tall and 230 pounds, was included in the first email from SRU.

The PSP has not released a statement on the shooting. Numerous PSP vehicles and a van from the PSP Forensic Unit were found at the scene. Smith Road is located four miles south of SRU.

The Rocket reached out to state troopers on the scene. This story will be updated as more information is discovered.

Joe is a senior communication major with concentrations in converged journalism and digital media production. This is his second year with The Rocket and first as the news editor. With a penchant for asking tough questions, his byline can be found on more than 100 articles for The Rocket including many breaking news and investigative pieces. During the hours he’s not wearing the hat of student journalist, he spends his time as a husband, father and dog owner in Slippery Rock.

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Joe is a senior communication major with concentrations in converged journalism and digital media production. This is his second year with The Rocket and first as the news editor. With a penchant for asking tough questions, his byline can be found on more than 100 articles for The Rocket including many breaking news and investigative pieces. During the hours he’s not wearing the hat of student journalist, he spends his time as a husband, father and dog owner in Slippery Rock.

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