Victim identified after triple shooting at Luzerne County hotel turns deadly

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PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — One man is dead and two other people were injured in an overnight shooting at a Luzerne County hotel, and the search for answers is intensifying.

Investigators say gunfire erupted inside a hotel room on the seventh floor of the Holiday Inn East Mountain.

Rendell Joseph Dixon, 29, was killed. The Luzerne County Coroner says he died from a gunshot wound, his death has been ruled a homicide.

A woman was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley with gunshot wounds, as of late Wednesday afternoon, she was in critical condition. A second male victim was taken to the same hospital in a personal vehicle, he was in stable condition as of late Wednesday afternoon. 

State Troopers, Luzerne County Detectives and Plains Township Police search for evidence in and near the Holiday Inn East Mountain.

Detectives say the gunfire continued outside the hotel, at least two cars were struck by bullets. Investigators believe the vehicles were not connected to shooting incident, but were hit by stray bullets.

Investigators say there were seven to 15 people inside the hotel room when the gunshots were fired. Christine Drizos was staying on the second floor of the hotel when the violence broke out.

“I looked out my window I said oh my goodness. So it’s crazy it’s scary,” Drizos said.

Rosemary Hudock lives in the nearby East Mountain apartments.

“It sounded like gunshots and rapid boom boom boom like five or six,” said Hudock. “I was counting then I looked out the window. I couldn’t see, woods were blocking my views, but I said it sounds like it’s coming from where the Holiday Inn is.”

Joann Batts also lives in the East Mountain Apartments.

“I’m surprised they said it’s so nice and quiet over here you know? You don’t expect that but it can happen anywhere,” Batts said.

Plains Township Police Chief Dale Binker tells Eyewitness News that it’s unclear if there were other victims who fled the scene. Chief Binker says there is no threat to the public, calling this an isolated incident.

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