Police probe why man fatally shot 3 in rural Pa.

 Authorities in central Pennsylvania are trying to determine why a man fatally shot three people along a rural road before being killed in a gunfight with police.

Police were still trying to piece together a timeline in the arduous investigation of the Friday shootings that began in Frankstown Township and spanned five crime scenes within a 1.5-mile radius.

A woman decorating a church hall for a children’s Christmas party was among those killed. Three state troopers were injured.

Authorities haven’t released a motive for the shootings.

“It’s going to take us some time to put this all together … and know exactly what occurred,” said Lt. Col. George Bivens, a deputy state police commissioner.

Police did not release the names of the victims or the shooter, though they did say the man lived in Blair County, where all the shootings occurred. Clergy planned a prayer vigil Saturday for the victims, which included the woman at the Juniata Valley Gospel Church.

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