Police: Shooting at bowling alley leaves 1 dead, 3 injured

The Associated Press

EAST NORRITON, Pa. — A shooting at a bowling alley near Philadelphia left one person dead and at least three others injured, police said.

Police officers in East Norriton, about 23 miles northwest of Philadelphia, responded shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday to Our Town Alley, formerly Facenda Whitaker Lanes.

Police said in a Facebook post that four shooting victims were found at the scene and one was pronounced dead there. The others were transported to local hospitals; there was no immediate word on their conditions.

Police say "there is a possibility that additional victims may have been transported to hospitals in private vehicles." 

"Everybody just started screaming and running and going to the door," Gabriella Williams told WPVI-TV.

The station reported that the bowling alley shares a building with a laser tag zone in which a family with small children hid inside a mechanical room with an employee.

"We heard yelling and screaming after the fact, once we were pulled out of the laser tag room," said Natalie Abell.

Police said they believed those responsible had fled the area. The motive for the shooting wasn't immediately known. East Norriton police and Montgomery County detectives are investigating.

Police said they hope "there are cameras and much sharp video."