Report: Two Pa. House members exchange gunshots with would-be robbers in Harrisburg
Two House Democrats were involved in a shooting after an attempted robbery late Tuesday evening in the Capitol City’s midtown according to a report from Capitolwire.com.
Reps. Marty Flynn, D-Scranton, and Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie, were approached around 11 p.m. near the 200 block of Herr Street by two assailants wearing bandannas, who held the two representatives at gunpoint from feet away, while a third assailant watched from a vehicle, according to accounts from multiple sources.
Flynn, a former Lackawanna County prison guard and MMA fighter, was armed and shots were exchanged. Police said no one was injured.
“We are still investigating,” said Harrisburg Police Sgt. Laura Green, who said available information is very preliminary. She could not confirm whether Bizzarro and Flynn were involved, as sources who initially spoke with Capitolwire said. House Democratic Caucus spokesman Bill Patton said the two freshman lawmakers were accosted.
Police apprehended the three assailants shortly after the incident, Patton said early Wednesday morning.
Green could not confirm who fired the shots. Sources close to the incident said the assailants shot first and Flynn returned fire.
House session ran late Tuesday evening and the two first-term lawmakers attended a colleague’s fundraiser, had dinner and walked two female representatives back to the Capitol before heading to midtown, where the incident occurred.
A person close to Senate Democratic staff is said to have witnessed the exchange, according to a source, who also said Bizzarro rents a townhouse in the area of the incident.