Police: No reason for shooting at State College bar


Police say they can find no reason a drunken gunman opened fire at a State College hotel bar, killing two men and wounding a woman, then broke into a home where he fatally shot another man before killing himself.

State College police say they concluded that Jordan Witmer shot the four victims at random on the night of Jan. 24.

A toxicology report showed Witmer’s blood-alcohol content was nearly three times the legal limit at .223 percent, but no other drugs were in his system and there was no known mental illness, police said.

Witmer, 21, of Bellefonte, and friend Nicole Abrino were at P.J.  Harrigan’s Bar & Grill. At some point, Witmer used the restroom and shot Abrino in her chest when he returned. He then walked to the other side of the bar and fatally shot 61-year-old Dean Beachy, of Millersburg, Ohio, and Beachy’s 19-year-old son Steve.

Witmer then fled the bar and crashed his vehicle near the State College YMCA. Police said he broke into a home by shooting and kicking a sliding glass door, then fatally shot 83-year-old George McCormick.

McCormick’s wife locked herself in a bedroom and called 911, police said. Officers arrived at the home and found Witmer dead in the living room from a self-inflicted gunshot.

Abrino survived her injuries. She told police that she and Witmer were having a “normal night” and there were “no red flags.” The two were previously out having dinner.

Police said there is no evidence to suggest Dean or Steve Beachy was in an argument with Witmer or Abrino.

McCormick had no relationship with Witmer. It’s believed Witmer randomly chose his house after he crashed his car.

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