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Shooting in Masontown Borough/Magistrate Office

The alleged gunman of a shooting in the courtroom of Magisterial District Judge Dan Shimshock in Masontown is dead. Fayette County Commissioner Vince Vicites told a local media source the shooting occurred in the courtroom around 2pm at the Magisterial District Judge office that is located on East Church Street in Masontown and 4 people have been shot and that includes the gunman in that total.

Vicites also confirmed to the source the shooter is dead. They reached out to Toni Petrus the mayor of Masontown, she told them she can not comment until she has more information. Multiple medical helicopters landed at the Masontown Fire Department. At least two people were flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, a level one trauma center, but their conditions are unknown.

One of the shooting victims was a police officer, he was shot in the hand and is expected to be ok, the unidentified officer was taken to The Uniontown Hospital for treatment. The Fayette County Coroner was called to the scene at the Magisterial District Judges Office. It is believed the shooting happened during a domestic hearing. There is no current threat to the public. Masontown Elementary was on lock down for the remainder of the day. Students who rode school buses from Albert Gallatin South Middle School were bussed to Masontown Fire Hall for pick up.

The police officer shot was later identified as Masontown Police Sargent Scott Miller who was shot in the hand and is stable condition. The victims taken to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown are in stable condition and expected to survive.

The alleged Masontown shooter is 61 year old Patrick Shaun Dowdell of Poplar Street in Masontown. Dowdell was appearing in court today facing charges of aggravated assault, terroristic threats, simple assault and strangulation for the alleged attack of Crystal Dowdell in August.

According to the Borough Council President, the Masontown Municipal Building will be closed until further notice as it is a active crime scene and is in need of repair.

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