P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill, the site of a shooting with 4 deaths on Jan. 24.
Police Release Details in Mass Shooting at State College Bar
On Wednesday, April 3, State College Police announced the conclusion of an investigation into the shooting that left 4 people dead in State College in January.
According to a press release, Jordan Witmer had a blood alcohol content of almost three times the legal limit when he shot and killed three people before killing himself.
Officers responded to reports of a shooting at P.J. Harrigan’s Bar & Grill at 1450 S. Atherton St. and found three people who had been shot near the bar section of the restaurant. Investigators determined that the 21-year-old Witmer was sitting with Nicole Abrino at the bar, opposite from 62-year-old Dean Beachy his son, 19-year-old Steven Beachy. Witmer left the bar, walked downstairs to the bathroom, and then returned planning to leave the restaurant with Abrino.
Eyewitness accounts varied, but police believe Witmer first shot Abrino before fatally shooting the Beachys. Abrino survived the shooting. Witmer immediately fled the scene after the shooting.
Around 32 minutes after the shooting was reported, Witmer crashed his vehicle at the intersection of Waupelani Drive and Tussey Lane. Police began searching for Witmer and eventually found him about 28 minutes later at 748 Tussey Lane. Witmer shot and killed 82-year-old George McCormick and then himself in the living room of that residence. State Police have confirmed that Witmer did not know the McCormicks and chose their home randomly following the crash.
Witmer’s BAC was 0.223 and there were no drugs in his system. He was also a legal owner of the small-caliber semi-automatic gun used in the shootings.