Details on the victims and community reaction on the deadly State College shooting

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Community members are still trying to piece together details of the deadly shooting that happened in State College last night.

The State College community continues to mourn the loss of innocent lives that were taken in this tragedy.

Four people are dead including the gunman, and 21-year-old Nicole Arbino still remains in the hospital in critical condition.

61-year-old Dean Beachy and his son Steven are being remembered by the livestock auction business as reliable and hardworking. 

Dean Beachy and his 19-year-old son were in town for a horse auction in Centre Hall. The Penn Valleys Livestock auction manager, Louis Peachy, said he knew Dean for 30 years. He told WTAJ in an exclusive statement: 

“Dean was an irreplaceable man. He was a well known auctioneer throughout the US. He was a man of his word, kind hearted, and honest.”

The shooter fled the scene and shot his way in to the home of 83-year-old George McCormick and his wife. George told his wife to lock herself in the bedroom and call 911. That was the last conversation the couple had as the suspect shot Mr. McCormick, and then himself. 

The CEO of the YMCA commented on the loss of George McCormick saying it’s been a very difficult day for the community.

“The McCormick family is very near and dear to our hearts and we want to do anything in our power to support them.” said the CEO of the YMCA.

Milesburg resident Kathleen Larkin says she’s in favor of gun rights, but feels that there’s no reason why lives should be lost to gun violence.

 “Guns do not kill people, it’s the people that own the guns So I would like them to enforce  laws regarding restriction, ownership, and possession better and more thoroughly but even at those extents you can’t change what’s going to happen.” said Larkin.

Kathleen also said that hearing about the shooting was shocking because she thought State College was a safe area. Kathleen also mentioned that the families and victims are in her prayers.

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