Search warrants in fatal Plains Township shooting reveal new details

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PLAINS TOWNSHIP, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — We are learning more details tonight about the investigation into a shooting at a Luzerne County hotel that left one man dead and two others injured. Court documents shed light on what happened inside the hotel room when the shots were fired. 

Eyewitness News obtained search warrant affidavits that are part of the ongoing police investigation. The information on these affidavits paint a picture of chaos and fear when the gunfire erupted.

The shooting broke out at about 12:40 a.m. Wednesday inside room 713 at the Holiday Inn East Mountain in Plains Township. 29-year-old Rendell Joseph Dixon was killed and a man and woman were badly injured. 

According to search warrant affidavits filed at District Court in Plains Township, the man who was shot and survived tells detectives he and about 10 other people were recording a music video. At some point a man with a hood pulled up over his head and possibly wearing a mask, opened fire. He was hit in the chest and forearms. His friends drove him to Geisinger Wyoming Valley.

Those same search warrants indicate that Dixon fled out through the balcony door and climbed over to the balcony of the next room, 715. That’s where police found him deceased. The woman who was wounded was taken by ambulance to Geisinger Wyoming Valley where she remained in critical condition as of late Thursday.

Investigators say they are working the case around the clock. They also point out that they believe this was an isolated incident and the public is not in danger.

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