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Police investigating shootings in Lower Bucks County, issue shelter-in-place order

Residents of a Lower Bucks County township have been asked to shelter in place Saturday morning following a report of shootings.

Falls Township police said on social media about 10:15 a.m. that residents should lock doors and move to a central and secure location away from windows.

Police in Middletown Township, a neighboring township that is home to Sesame Place, said there have been confirmed shootings in Falls Township, and it is not known if they are targeted or random. Middletown police are monitoring the borders, and as of 10:15 a.m., they said it does not appear that the shooter has gone into the township.

U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick from Bucks County posted on Facebook that his office is monitoring a carjacking and a shooting in two sections of Falls Township.

Middletown police urged residents to not enter Falls Township until further notice. Residents who live near the township border with Falls should shelter in place as well.

Both Sesame Place, Oxford Valley Mall and a Middletown Township Target have been closed until further notice. The Middletown department noted in an update that many stores in the township have decided to close as a precaution.

The county’s St. Patrick’s Day parade was canceled following the shelter-in-place order.

Gov. Josh Shapiro said on X, formerly known as Twitter, that he has been briefed on the developing incident and that he has directed state police to coordinate with law enforcement in Bucks County and provided any necessary support. He urged residents in the area to remain sheltered.

The Bucks County District Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement are assisting in the investigation.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Source: Berkshire mont

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