|Scene of the shooting|
(Scroll down for video) A woman was shot and killed while decorating a church for a children’s party in Pennsylvania, according to police reports.
A man fatally shot the woman, who was decorating the children's party in a small church hall and killed two men in other parts of a rural central Pennsylvania town Friday, before being fatally shot in a shootout with State Police.
The shooting began in Frankstown Township around 9:00 a.m., and investigators were processing five crime scenes within a radius of 1.5 miles, officials said at a news conference Friday afternoon.
The troopers responded to a 911 call of a shooting in the town when they heard the calls of at least one other shooting elsewhere, the State Police spokesperson, Maria Finn, said.
"It is going to take some time to put all this together and know exactly what happened," Lt. Col. George Biven, deputy commissioner of the State Police, said in a press conference.
Relatives of the victims said that they were told that the woman in the church was the first shooting victim. The gunman then shot two men at the entrance of a house after a confrontation at a stop sign, authorities said.
"This person was in the driveway with a gun pointed at them and started shooting," Marie Brenneman said. She identified herself as a cousin of one of the male victims.
She said that both men were neighbors in the small town of Geeseytown, about 70 miles west of Harrisburg.
"They were worried about him," she said.
Two troopers driving to the scene of a shootout were shot by the driver of a truck going the other direction and the truck crashed head-on into a cruiser driven by a third trooper.
The truck driver, who is believed to be the gunman who killed the other victims, came out of the truck and immediately fired at the troopers, who returned fire, killing him, Finn said.