59-year-old Bruce Rogal of Glen Moore, Pennsylvania, has been identified as the person who shot and killed his elderly parents at the Bellingham Retirement Community before being killed. At this time, police are investigating whether Rogal died of gunfire with police after he engaged in gun battle or if he took his own life.
According to Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan, Rogal had received an order finalizing his divorce that awarded the home to his ex-wife and “that appears to be what set him off today.”
Hogan said Rogal then first went to the house where his ex-wife was staying where he found her in the driveway and shot at her but missed.
Following his attempted murder of his ex-wife, Rogal walked into the Bellingham Retirement Community and fatally shot his parents William and Nancy Rogal, who were in their late 80s.
According to the D.A., around 5:45 p.m. Rogal drove to his ex-wife’s home and, as she was in the driveway changing the oil in her car, he fired six shots at her. She was not hurt in the incident, but police say some of the bullets hit nearby houses.
Hogan says, around 6:15 p.m., Rogal drove to the Bellingham Retirement Community in East Goshen Township and shot his parents, William and Nancy, both in their late 80s, to death in their apartment. He then fled.
Around 6:30 p.m., police issued a lockdown in a two-mile radius of the Bellingham facility while searching for Rogal. West Chester Area School District sent an alert stating that they locked down schools in the area, and members of the band at East High School were being contained as part of the lockdown.
After an intense search through Chester County and surrounding states, authorities found Rogal around 1 a.m. on Thursday, September 20, after he crashed his car into a home.
At this time, District Attorney Tom Hogan will not confirm whether or not Rogal died due to shots fired by officers, he died in the car crash, or he took his own life.