UPDATE: Man charged in Hancock County shooting

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Published: Aug. 14, 2019 at 9:47 PM EDT
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UPDATE 08/30/19 @ 7:25 p.m.

The man accused of shooting multiple people in Hancock County earlier in August has been charged.

Michael McCLanahan, 45, of New Cumberland was arraigned in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania on four counts of malicious wounding and was denied bond.

He is still in the hospital.

On August 14th, McCLanahan led law enforcement around the county. He's accused of creating several crime scenes along the way. Sandra Brown was shot that night and died, the cause of death is still under investigation.

The other victims have been released from the hospital. The Sheriff's Office is praising citizens for doing their part by reporting activity in their area.

McCLanahan is expected to face more charges as the investigation unfolds.

UPDATE 08/15/19 @ 3:18 p.m.

Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher provided an update on Wednesday night’s shootings. Here’s what we now know:

One person is dead and five people – including the shooter – were injured as a result of the rampage.

Fletcher identified the shooter as 45-year-old Michael Angelo McClanahan, of 89 Judge Drive, the address of the fatal shooting. The victim was 58-year-old Sandra Brown, the significant other of McClanahan. The two shared a child together.

Also injured during that shooting was 31-year-old Travis Choina. He was transported to a local hospital and then later transferred to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, according to the sheriff.

Roughly 15 minutes later, McClanahan arrived along Clearview Street and allegedly shot a residence multiple times, with 53-year-old Catherine Podolak sustaining a gunshot wound to her abdomen.

Also injured during the shooting were Ronald Perrine and James Lloyd – the result of shrapnel caused by the shots fired at and into the residence.

Thanks to some helpful calls, authorities caught up with McClanahan at 8:11 p.m. – 30 minutes after reports of the first shooting – on Locust Hill Road.

McClanahan, known to be armed, then collided with a residence, still presenting a threat. A deputy shot him, provided first aid, and summoned emergency medical personnel.

Two firearms were removed from McClanahan and his vehicle, one being a .25 semi-automatic pistol and the other a double barrel 12-gauge shotgun.

McClanahan was taken to a local hospital and then transferred to Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he is recovering from his wound.

The sheriff says investigation is ongoing to determine the relationships between the individuals and to determine a possible motive.

Agencies providing assistance included; the Chester Police Department; New Cumberland Police Department; Weirton Police Department; East Liverpool City Police Department; Saline Township (Ohio); Brooke County Sheriff’s Office; WV State Police, WV NRP and the ATF. Fire departments from; New Manchester; the City of Chester and New Cumberland. Ambulances from Hancock County and Northstar Ambulance Services.

UPDATE 08/15/19 @ 1:30 a.m.

A woman is dead and three people are injured after a series of shootings in Hancock county Wednesday night.

Authorities say the suspect is described as a white male, perhaps in his early 40's, who was shot by an officer and life-flighted to a Pittsburgh hospital.

The first call came in at around 7:40 p.m. Wednesday night and after a series of events the shooter was detained around 40 minutes later.

The woman was shot at one location. another shooting took place at a second location where others were injured and minutes later.

The suspect's vehicle was backed into a home at third location on Locust Hill Road where he was arrested.

A dog was also shot in the incident.

The incident happened near Oak Glen High School and prompted a lock down there and at a local hospital.

The Hancock County sheriff says because shots were fired by the Hancock County Sheriff's Department as well, state police are being brought in to investigate that portion of the incident.

Earlier reports that two males were arrested are not founded.

No officers were injured in the incidents.

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UPDATE 08/15/19 @ 12:31 a.m.

One person is dead, and three people are injured after a series of shootings in Hancock County on Wednesday night, Sheriff Ralph Fletcher confirmed.

The suspect is described as a white man, perhaps in the early 40s.

UPDATE 08/14/19 @ 10:48 p.m.

Reports of shots fired near the Oak Glen High School area stopped play during a scrimmage game between Oak Glen and Steubenville a little after 8:00 p.m.

Coaches got girls into the locker room. Officials told the fans and players to find a safe place to go. They were escorted into the high school gym a little after 8 p.m., and everyone was re-united inside the gym by 10 o'clock.

They were told to wait for the all-clear.

Officials at the Hancock County 911 Emergency Center in New Cumberland are saying the situation is “under control.”

EMA officials there say Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher is handling the situation, and will meet with the media shortly.

ORIGINAL 08/14/19 @ 9:48 p.m.

According to WTOV, Shots were fired at multiple locations in the New Cumberland area.

The Hancock Co. Sheriff's Dept. confirmed shots were fired near Oak Glen High School area and multiple people were hit. WTOV also confirmed that the shots were close to the school and school officials had to start a lockdown.

We are told there are multiple injuries. Hancock County Dispatch cannot confirm the extent of injuries.

Multiple police are on scene.