2013-09-19 / Local & State

Patron Had Guns At Health Club Shooting Site

BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. (AP) – A Pittsburgh-area health club that was the site of a mass shooting four years ago has added security after a patron was found carrying two guns in his gym bag.

The man wasn’t charged, but he was committed for a mental health evaluation after officials with LA Fitness contacted Collier Township police on Sept. 4, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported Wednesday.

Police were told the man, a member of the gym, was harassing an employee, and officers found the guns after questioning him, police Chief Thomas Devin said. Police aren’t identifying the man because he wasn’t charged.

He had a permit to carry the guns, which were registered to him. He was involuntarily committed to a mental health facility but was released Friday after doctors examined him.

On Aug. 4, 2009, George Sodini from nearby Scott Township fatally shot three women and wounded nine others during an evening aerobics class at the club before fatally shooting himself. Investigators determined Sodini, 48, had difficulty relating to women and apparently carried out the shooting in furtherance of a grudge against them.

LA Fitness has revoked the man’s membership and some other businesses in the same strip mall had previously banned him, Devin said. Police intend to ban the man from the entire shopping center.

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