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Gun violence revisits Pa. club bartender

June 12, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Fayetteville, Pa., man who was critically injured in a triple shooting Sunday was the widower of a woman who was fatally shot during a holdup at a convenience store where she worked, according to Franklin County court records.

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William B. Groff Jr., 36, of 153 W. Main St., Fayetteville, remained in critical condition Monday from a gunshot wound, according to a spokesman at the Hershey Medical Center.

The shooting occured at Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 41, 1571 S. Main St., Chambersburg, where Groff is a bartender.

The vice commander of the post, Robert E. Tucker, 49, of 1024 Warm Spring Road, Chambersburg, died in Sunday's shooting. Franklin County Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner said Tucker died from a single gunshot.

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Groff's girlfriend and the club's manager, Kimberly K. Bigler, 37, also of 153 W. Main St., Fayetteville, was wounded in the shooting. She was listed in good condition Monday, according to the spokesman at Hershey Medical Center.

Groff had been married to Gretchen C. Groff, who was killed on the morning of Dec. 20, 1994, in a robbery at a High's store in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa. The store closed after the shooting.

The Groffs were married in 1986.

Two Sabillasville, Md., teenagers, Jeremiah Reynolds Jr., and Clayton Warren Faxon, were convicted in the death of 30-year-old Gretchen Groff, according to court records.

Faxon, who was 15 when he shot Gretchen Groff with a hunting rifle, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison without parole, court records said.

In Sunday's shooting, police charged Jonna M. Johnson, 32, of 405 Philadelphia Ave., Apt. A, Chambersburg, with criminal homicide in the death of Tucker. Detective Sgt. Dianne Kelso said Monday no other charges had been filed against Johnson.

No one answered the door at Johnson's home Monday.

A search of the Clerk of Courts Office records at the courthouse showed Johnson had no criminal record in Franklin County.

Police have not said what kind of firearm was used in the shooting. Johnson was a member of the post, according to police.

"While the suspect was familiar with the victims, the motive for the attack is unknown at this time," a police news release said.

Police said the three victims were inside the post when the shooting began. Tucker, whose body was found outside the building, was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Conner.

Johnson was being held without bail at Franklin County Prison Monday. Her preliminary hearing was scheduled for Monday, June 19, before District Justice Gary L. Carter.

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