Police probe shooting at upper Montco complex

Montgomery Township Police Chief J. Scott Bendig, at a news conference Monday, explaining details of a suicide and the shooting of a young mother.
Montgomery Township Police Chief J. Scott Bendig, at a news conference Monday, explaining details of a suicide and the shooting of a young mother. (JESSICA PARKS / Staff)
Posted: June 04, 2014

A shooting rocked a quiet townhouse complex in upper Montgomery County on Monday morning, leaving a man dead and a woman hospitalized.

Police were called to the 2200 block of Harvard Court in Montgomery Township just before 10 a.m.

Inside one unit, SWAT officers found the alleged shooter, who apparently committed suicide, said township Police Chief J. Scott Bendig. Outside, they found a woman who had been shot in the upper-right torso, he said.

She was airlifted to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Details on her condition were unavailable.

Police would not reveal the names, ages, or relationship between the alleged shooter and victim.

A neighbor, John Mathews, said he had been looking out the window after the shooting and saw the woman walking, her white shirt covered in blood.

"She went to the neighbor and nobody was home," Mathews said in a phone interview. The woman then started to cross the courtyard and "kind of laid down in the grass."

Mathews said by the time he got down his stairs, the police had arrived.

Mathews said the woman is in her 20s and has a young daughter. She and a young man had lived in the townhouse for about a year, he said.

The complex, of mostly two- and three-bedroom townhouses, has a North Wales postal code but is within the bounds of Montgomery Township.

While police blocked off the crime scene, neighbors gathered on a nearby street, speculating as to what happened.

Matthews said he heard two "pops" within a few seconds, but didn't believe it was anything dangerous.

"I said to myself, 'Gunshots? Nah, not in this area,' " he said.

"This is big," said Cindy Herman, 31, a longtime resident of the complex. "It's a very quiet neighborhood."

The immediate neighbors who were evacuated were allowed to return home before 2 p.m.


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