Breaking News: Suspected Gunman Cornered, Multiple Hostages Taken

Breaking News: Suspected Gunman Cornered, Multiple Hostages Taken

The shelter-in-place order in Falls Township, Pennsylvania, a Philadelphia suburb, has been lifted as the armed suspect sought by police in connection with three fatal shootings there on Saturday morning was located in Trenton, New Jersey.

The suspect, 26-year-old Andre Gordon, had "barricaded himself with hostages," as reported by CNN shortly before 2:00 p.m. However, Jeff Winter, writing for CNN, did not specify where or in what structure Gordon had "barricaded himself."

Another report from the outlet mentioned that Gordon was barricaded "inside a residence" and was holding multiple hostages.

Around 2:00 p.m., Bucks County District Attorney Jen Schorn stated during a news conference that Gordon was believed to have unspecified "family ties" to the residence where he was holed up.

Simultaneously, Trenton police announced that the hostages had been freed and were unharmed.

"The suspect is believed to be in a house on Phillips Ave in Trenton," Trenton Police Detective Lt. Lisette Rios informed CNN. "The residents have been successfully evacuated with no injuries.

"At this time FBI resources are on standby while the ATF, NJSP, Mercer County Rapid Response Team, and Mercer County Homicide Task Force are also on scene with the Trenton Police Department," Rios added.

Falls Township Police Chief Nelson Whitney informed reporters that Gordon had used an "AR-15 style assault rifle" in the commission of his alleged crimes, as noted by CNN, and authorities would "investigate every aspect of how he came into possession of these weapons" when asked if he had obtained the rifle legally.

Earlier reports suggested that Gordon was homeless, which makes legal possession of a firearm unlikely.

Residents of Falls Township were advised to shelter in place after three fatal shootings Saturday morning. Gordon fatally shot two people at a home on Viewpoint Lane just before 9 a.m. and then fled the scene in a stolen vehicle, as reported by WTXF based on local police allegations.

Minutes later, Gordon fatally shot a third individual on Edgewood Lane and again fled the scene.

Shortly thereafter, Gordon allegedly "carjacked a vehicle at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Dollar General on Bristol Pike in Morrisville" at about 9:15, according to WTXF.

The victim of the carjacking was unharmed.

Earlier reports indicated that Gordon used an "assault rifle" in his crimes, and police said he might have "additional weapons."

The stolen Honda was located shortly before 12:00 p.m. in Trenton, New Jersey, leading to the deployment of SWAT teams to the area. The vehicle was empty when found.

Gordon was believed to be homeless but had unspecified "ties" to Trenton, according to WTXF.

The shelter-in-place order resulted in the cancellation of the Bucks County St. Patrick’s Day Parade and the temporary closure of several local businesses.

"Local authorities had requested additional resources from neighboring departments, including Pennsylvania and New Jersey State Police," the report stated.

Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro directed the Pennsylvania State Police to "coordinate" with local police and "provide whatever support is needed on the ground," as mentioned in a post on X.

"Police said Oxford Valley Mall and Sesame Place had been told to close until further notice," WVPI reported. "The area’s Target store and other businesses chose to close as well."

Gordon had two children with one of the people he fatally shot earlier Saturday morning, according to CNN.

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