3 hurt in court shooting leave hospital; gunman identified

MASONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Three civilians wounded when a gunman opened fire outside a crowded Pennsylvania courtroom are out of the hospital.

The three were taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, West Virginia, following Wednesday’s shooting in Fayette County. A hospital spokeswoman said Thursday morning that the two men ages 35 and 47 and a 39-year-old woman were all released Wednesday night.

Sixty-one-year-old Patrick Dowdell, of Masontown, was shot and killed by a German Township police officer. Another officer who was wounded, Masontown police Sgt. R. Scott Miller, was being treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

Fayette County authorities say Dowdell entered the lobby in Masontown with a handgun drawn and opened fire. He had been due in court on charges related to domestic violence.

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