“This person went to their driveway with a pistol, pointed at them and started shooting,” Brenneman said.
She said both men were the shooter’s neighbors in the tiny village of Geeseytown, about 70 miles west of Harrisburg, the state capital.
“They were uneasy around him,” she said.
The woman at the church had cooked food the day before for the funeral of the church’s longtime pastor, said the Rev. James McCaulley, his brother. The church still was reeling from the death of the Rev. David McCaulley when the woman returned to decorate its hall, and bullets ripped through a window, he said.
The gunman then entered and shot one of two women before he left, the Rev. James McCaulley said.
Police identified the five crime scenes as the church; a home and ground around the home; a crash site where another victim was killed; the point in the road where the gunman opened fire on the troopers; and where the final encounter occurred after the truck collided with the police cruiser.
Bivens said investigators don’t know if the victims were picked at random.
McCaulley, who is the pastor of another church about 50 miles from the site of Friday’s carnage, said his older brother began leading the Frankstown church in 1954.
“He preached his last sermon at the church in October before he fell ill,” McCaulley said.
The church, which lists about 150 members in an online ad posted this month seeking an associate pastor, is close-knit, and the woman killed Friday was among its more active members, McCaulley said. She had made food for him to take home Thursday since his wife had died this year, he said.
“The only thing I can say good at this time is that (the gunman) didn’t do this 24 hours earlier when there was a big crowd in the church hall,” McCaulley said. “We’re devastated.”