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CNN Confusion Over Eastern PA Shooting Triggers Worried Calls to Ross Township Officials

The erroneous report prompted the Ross Township Police Department to issue a news release, clarifying that the shooting occurred in eastern Pennsylvania.

CNN, in a graphic repeated over and over, erroneously reported that a fatal shooting had occurred at the Ross Township municipal building north of Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: Richard Cook
CNN, in a graphic repeated over and over, erroneously reported that a fatal shooting had occurred at the Ross Township municipal building north of Pittsburgh. Photo Credit: Richard Cook
The fatal shooting of three people, and the wounding of at least three others in Ross Township, Monroe County, in eastern Pennsylvania, prompted a number of worried calls to officials in Ross Township, north of Pittsburgh, Monday night.

The phone started ringing at the Ross Police Department and the Ross Municipal building after CNN reported, in a graphic, that the shooting occurred in the Ross Township north of Pittsburgh.

"We decided to issue a news release to clarify the situation," said Ross Detective Brian Kohlhepp. "CNN called and I told them it wasn't us, but the graphic was still on TV."

Kohlhepp said he talked to the network shortly after 8 p.m., but even an hour later, the incorrect graphic remained (picture).

In addition to calls to the police department, Allegheny County 911, and the township's manager also received calls of concern.

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CAP August 06, 2013 at 07:36 AM
That's why people shouldn't watch CNN!
McKnightmare August 06, 2013 at 08:33 AM
If it truly was in this area, WPXI would be airing it 24/7 and find a way to beat the story to death. That's usually the first clue.
Akasha Brandt August 06, 2013 at 03:37 PM
I had a moment when reading a story about this where I was really confused about where it was.
KM August 06, 2013 at 04:15 PM
I immediately thought it might be due to the situation on Fairly Road. A cautionary tale?

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