Mike Tripus, 65, has been identified as the victim in the Paradise Township municipal building shooting that occurred in the Poconos.
According to reports, Tripus was shot and killed by 72-year-old David Green on Tuesday, November 27, in a deadly shooting at the Monroe County municipal building.
At this time, police are investigating if and/or how Green and Tripus knew each other.
After the shooting, Green was taken into police custody without incident.
65-year-old Mike Tripus was shot and killed by 72-year-old David Green inside of the Paradise Township municipal building on Tuesday, November 27.
At this time, local police say that no motive for the shooting has been determined and that they are currently treating the shooting as a homicide.
Additionally, police said that it wasn’t immediately clear how or whether Green and Tripus knew each other.
According to the Paradise Township phone directory, Tripus was a building code official and sewer enforcement officer.
via ABC 6:
The gunman walked inside the Paradise Township municipal building about 8:20 a.m. and opened fire, according to police and township officials. State and local police rushed to the municipal building in the Pocono Mountains, about 100 miles (161 kilometers) north of Philadelphia, arresting the suspect without incident.
State police haven’t said what motivated the shooting, and it wasn’t immediately clear how or whether Green and Tripus knew each other. “That is something we’re still working on right now,” Trooper David Peters told reporters at the scene.
The victim was a longtime township employee, according to Gary Konrath, chairman of the township’s Board of Supervisors. Konrath said he was not in the building at the time but spoke to the township’s executive secretary, who was. Konrath said she told him the gunman is “not someone they are aware of. No one appears to recognize the individual.”
Paradise Township is located in Monroe County, Pennsylvania, which is otherwise referred to as the Poconos.
The reports of Tripus’ shooting death in the municipal building in Paradise, Pennsylvania is the is just the latest in a string of lockdowns, bomb threats, and shootings that have plagued the United States.
Despite all of the shooting deaths in the country, our nation’s lawmakers have yet to make any significant changes to our laws to better ensure the safety of the population.