SEPTA officer gunman in deadly shooting

September 17, 2008 8:58:29 PM PDT
A deadly shooting in Montgomery County and the alleged gunman is a SEPTA police officer. On Wednesday night, the two cars involved in the shooting are still sitting in the intersection of Miller and Meyers Roads in Perkiomen Township.

Police say an off-duty SEPTA police officer in a BMW fired multiple shots into the Pontiac Vibe that sits right next to it.

The two men, neighbors in the community, had been arguing for about 15 minutes, though, it is unclear what that argument was about.

Then, at about 7:30 p.m., several shots were fired.

Jim Cooney, like many others in this normally quiet neighborhood, ran outside to see what happened.

"It was pretty frightening. I just came over to see what was going on and, unfortunately, that happened," Cooney said.

"Anything can happen in any neighborhood, you obviously wouldn't expect it in a neighborhood like this, but it can happen," Captain David Young of the Pennsylvania State Police said.

The off-duty SEPTA police officer who fired the shots stayed on the scene and is now being questioned by investigators. The victim was pronounced dead at Pottstown Hospital.

At this point, police are not saying whether anyone else was in either car at the time of the shooting.

Apparently, a gun has been recovered at the scene.

At this point, no charges have been filed.

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