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Club shooting victims released from hospital

June 13, 2000|By DON AINES

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A man and woman wounded Sunday morning in a shooting that left another man dead have been released from Hershey (Pa.) Medical Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

William B. Groff Jr., 36, and Kimberly K. Bigler, 37, both of 153 W. Main St., Fayetteville, Pa., were shot at the Veterans of the Vietnam War Post 41 Inc., 1571 S. Main St., Chambersburg, Pa., according to borough police. Killed in the attack was Robert E. Tucker, 49, of 1024 Warm Spring Road, Lot 90, the vice commander of the post.

The spokeswoman said Bigler was released late Monday. Alan Keith of Chambersburg, a trustee at the post, said Sunday that a bullet had passed through her arm and grazed her head.

Groff was originally listed in critical condition, but was upgraded to fair condition after surgery Monday, the spokeswoman said. He was discharged Tuesday. Keith said Groff had been shot in the face.

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A woman who answered the door at their home said Groff and Bigler had no comment.

Charged with criminal homicide in the killing of Tucker was Jonna M. Johnson, 32, of 405 Philadelphia Ave., Apt. A, Chambersburg. She is being held at Franklin County Prison and her preliminary hearing is scheduled for Monday, June 19, before District Justice Gary L. Carter.

When Johnson was charged with Tucker's death, police said further charges were pending against her. No new charges had been filed as of Tuesday afternoon, police said.

The affidavit of probable cause said the shooting was reported to police at 1:50 a.m. Police said Tucker was found dead behind the post.

Keith said Sunday Groff and Bigler were shot inside the post. Keith said Tuesday that it was Bigler who made the call to the Franklin County 911 Center.

Johnson allegedly admitted to the shootings while being interviewed after she was taken into custody Sunday, according to the affidavit of probable cause.

Police said Johnson knew all the victims and was a member of the post, but have not released any information about a motive.

The post has been closed since the shooting. A sign on the door Sunday said it would reopen today.

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