US man 'paraded gun online' days before shooting parents
Four are dead after a Pennsylvania man shot and killed his mother, stepfather, and a man who worked for his father before shooting himself.
The bodies were found Friday (local time) at a home on Gooseneck Road near Wyalusing. Troopers believe it happened in the late morning to late afternoon hours.
State police believe Jesse Northrup killed Edwin Bidlack, Candy Bidlack, and Johnnie Johnson before taking his own life. All were shot to death, and the bodies were found in separate places in the home.
According to authorities, "motivation for the crime is part of an ongoing investigation".
The Bradford County coroner says Northrup used a handgun to kill his victims. Days earlier, he posted a photo of a handgun on Facebook.
“Military grade hollow points,” Northrup wrote.
“That will kill somebody dead just like any other gun,” someone commented.
“So will crossing the road or slipping in the shower.”
Donald Pickett lives less than 3.2km from where the shooting happened.
"News spreads fast in a little community like Sugar Run or Wyalusing. They are all small towns. We are saddened by this event. It is tragic," said Mr Pickett, of Wilmot Township.
"We have known Ed and Candy Bidlack for years. We moved over here in the '70s.
“Ed is the furnace mechanic. He has installed furnaces in our homes."
"They are neighbors to my son. They are just great neighbors, good people, and just a huge shock to the community.”
Northrup lived in the home with his mother and stepfather and Johnnie Johnson.
Investigators say there is still no word on what led to the shooting.
"It is very crazy, you know? It is sad. Who knows what the cause might have been," said Mr Pickett.
State police are still investigating what exactly led to the murder-suicide.
The Bradford County coroner plans to begin autopsies today.
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