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Ba killed three family members. The gunman made his way to the New Jersey home amid a hostage standoff with SWAT

He accused the gunman of shooting him Family members, including a 13-year-old girl from Pennsylvania, were barricaded inside a home in Trenton with the hostages before fleeing to New Jersey, authorities said.

The suspected shooter, Andre Gordon, 26, shot and killed two victims in Levittown, Pennsylvania. He then kidnapped a driver at gunpoint and fled to New Jersey, where he was located, police said Tracked to his home” in Trenton.

SWAT team members from the Trenton Police Department are on the scene, officials in Pennsylvania said.

A police officer patrols the neighborhood during an active shooter situation in a community in Falls Township on March 16, 2024. Joe Lamberti / AFP – Getty Images

Trenton police did not immediately return a request for comment.

The incident began at 8:52 a.m. when officers were dispatched to a residence on Viewpoint Lane in Levittown following a report of shots fired in Falls Township, Pennsylvania, police said in a news release.

District Attorney Jennifer Schorn in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, said Gordon drove a stolen vehicle from Trenton, drove into the home and killed his 52-year-old stepmother, Karen Gordon, and 13-year-old sister, Cara Gordon. .

Three other people inside the home, including a minor, “managed to hide and avoid being shot as Gordon went through the house looking for them,” he said at a Saturday afternoon news conference.

Following that incident, Gordon went to a home on Edgewood Lane in Levittown, where he fatally shot Taylor Daniel, 25, with whom he shared two children, Schorn said.

Four other people were inside the home, including one who was injured after Gordon “blasted” her with an assault rifle, Schorn said. The injured woman was taken to hospital and is expected to recover.

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At 9:13 a.m., he allegedly carjacked a 44-year-old man at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Dollar General store in Morrisville. The driver was not injured, officials said.

will shoot According to authorities, he fled in a 2016 gray Honda CRV with a Pennsylvania license plate and a “Namaste” sticker in white letters on the right bumper.

The Bucks County District Attorney's Office said the vehicle was unoccupied in Trenton at 11:38 a.m.

At 12:22 p.m., the district attorney's office said it received information that Gordon had barricaded himself inside a home in Trenton with hostages.

“We are forwarding all information related to that aspect of this investigation to the Trenton City Police Department,” the district attorney's office said.

Police in Pennsylvania previously said Gordon was homeless after being in contact with Trenton. They said he was in possession of the gun he allegedly used in the shooting. He warned that he may have additional weapons and that he is “very dangerous”.

A shelter was in place in Falls Township because of the shooting. Police have asked residents to lock their doors and windows to a safe place. The shelter-in-place order was lifted Saturday afternoon.

The Bucks County St. Patrick's Day Parade scheduled for Saturday morning was canceled, and Pennsbury School District activities were postponed.

In nearby Middletown Township, residents were told not to visit the city of Falls. Middletown Township police later said, “We received word that we were all clear.”

Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick said he was in contact with law enforcement.

Governor Josh Shapiro said he was briefed on the incident and asked state police to assist local law enforcement.

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Falls Township Police Chief Nelson Whitney said officers had had little contact with Gordon in the past, but said there was “nothing to indicate anything like this was going to happen.”

Levittown is located in the Philadelphia metropolitan area, 26 miles from downtown.

This is a growing story. Check back for updates.

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