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Four Now Dead In State College Shootings

Updated at 4:04 p.m.

Another victim of Thursday night's shootings has died from his wounds, according to State College Chief of Police John Gardner. 

Steven Beachy, 19, was shot in the torso and taken to Mount Nittany Medical Center. He was then life-flighted to another hospital. Gardner says State College police were notified at 1 p.m. Friday that he had died. 

Original story:

Authorities say a gunman killed a man and wounded two other people at the Ramada Hotel, then broke into a home where he fatally shot another man before killing himself.

The initial shooting happened about 10:14 last night at P.J. Harrigan's Bar & Grill on S. Atherton Street in State College.

Authorities say 21-year-old Jordan Witmer, of Bellefonte, shot and killed 61-year-old Dean Beachy, of Millersburg, Ohio, at the bar. 

He also wounded a woman whom he apparently had been in a relationship with, along with another man.

Witmer then drove away from the bar and later broke into a home, where he fatally shot 83-year-old George McCormick before turning the gun on himself.

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A sign on the door of P.J. Harrigan's says it will remain closed until Monday.
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A sign on the door of P.J. Harrigan's says it will remain closed until Monday.

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