Police probe why man fatally shot 3 in rural Pa.

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Emergency responders block Juniata Valley Road on Friday, Dec. 21, 2012 in Geeseytown, Pa. A man fatally shot a woman decorating for a children's Christmas party at a tiny church hall and killed two men elsewhere in the rural central Pennsylvania township Friday before he was fatally shot in a gunfight with state troopers.  (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

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HOLLIDAYSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say the shooting of the gunman in a rampage in central Pennsylvania that left three people dead was a justifiable homicide.

State police and Blair County authorities identified the gunman as 44-year-old Jeffrey Lee Michael of Geeseytown, who died Friday during a gunfight with troopers.

They say Michael was a neighbor of two of his victims, 60-year-old Kenneth Lynn and Lynn's son-in-law, 38-year-old William Rhodes Jr.

They don't know whether he knew his third victim, 58-year-old Kimberly Scott, who was killed in the Juniata Valley Gospel Church.

Authorities say Michael was leaving the area in a pickup truck when he saw two state police cars heading his way and opened fire. Troopers returned fire, killing the gunman. Three were injured but are expected to be OK.

Authorities haven't released a motive for the shootings.

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