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‘Active shooter’ wakes up Renovo; suspect taken into custody by police

KEVIN RAUCH/FOR THE EXPRESS Police are shown in the alley between 8th and 9th streets near the Ontario Avenue apartments in Renovo where an “active shooter” was taken into custody Tuesday morning.

RENOVO — A cold, windy morning turned into a fear-filled hour for many residents of Renovo Tuesday as news and eventually emergency broadcast alerts of an active shooter broke around 8 a.m.

Less than an hour later, after the unidentified man had fired about 10 shots, forcing residents inside their homes and locking local schools, police had taken the unidentified man into custody and normal life in Renovo resumed.

The suspected shooter was walking throughout the borough firing a gun even as unsuspecting children waited for their school buses and elderly folks enjoyed their morning walk.

One resident in the 900 block of Ontario Avenue said that she was aware of at least nine shots occurring in the vicinity of the Clinton County Housing Authority apartments.

The majority of people out and around town had no idea that an active shooter was walking the streets of the borough. An elderly couple walked up Huron Avenue was unaware while a gas station remained opened, serving customers.

Another couple out walking said they were quite certain that they said “good morning” to the suspect, adding that he did say “good morning” in return.

Meanwhile, a man was frantically waiving people away from the area of Socky’s Restaurant at 400 Erie Ave., telling people “he’s up there and he just fired another shot.”

At 8:23 a.m. the emergency alert was issued by state police over residents’ phones, televisions and radios, alerting “all residents of the borough of Renovo and surrounding municipalities to shelter indoors and not attempt to leave your home. An active shooter has been reported in your area. More information will be shared as the incident continues.”

Numerous PSP troopers and detectives soon arrived in the 900 block of Ontario Avenue, placing police tape around the Clinton County Housing Authority properties of 835, 837, 839, 841 Ontario Avenue apartments.

Just as many in the area were learning of the alarming situation, it was soon heard on police radios that the suspect had been taken into custody near the 700 block of Erie Avenue, just three blocks down from where the Good Samaritan was warning people to stay away because he had spotted him.

At 8:46 a.m. an emergency alert sounded, telling residents “the active shooter suspect has been detained by law enforcement. The shelter in place has been lifted.”

Police took the unidentified suspect into custody and transported him to the Renovo Police Station. Once there, the suspect asked for medical assistance and he was taken to Lock Haven Hospital.

Before the spree ended, police said the shooter had shot a kitchen window and several car windows.

Nobody was injured during the incident and the investigation remains ongoing, police said.

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