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VarmintmistVarmintmist Senior MemberPosts: 7,452 Senior Member
Philadelphia Enquirer

Two Democratic state lawmakers escaped harm Tuesday night when one of them engaged in a shootout with a would-be robber on a street four blocks from the Capitol, officials said.

Rep. Marty Flynn (Luzerne), a former corrections officer, traded the gunfire with the robber after he and Rep. Ryan Bizzaro (Erie) were stopped on their way back to their Harrisburg residence.

The House Democratic Caucus released this account:

Flynn and Bizarro were returning from a late dinner with four other lawmakers at a Second Street Restaurant about 11 p.m. when a male “pointed a gun first at Flynn and then at Bizzarro and demanded their wallets.”

A second male in the meantime was across the street shouting directions to the gunman.

Flynn then drew his handgun and “exchanged shots” with the gunman.

The lawmakers and the assailants then fled in opposite directions.

Bizzarro and Flynn made it back to the front of their residence and called 911.

Flynn told an responding police officer that he had fired his gun and handed over his weapon.

“Bizzarro and Flynn expressed relief that nobody was struck by gunfire and they thanked the Harrisburg police for the remarkably quick response,” the caucus statement said.

Harrisburg police are investigating but caucus spokesman Bill Patton said earlier police had three individuals in custody.

A spokeswoman for the City of Harrisburg said a press conference is being scheduled on the attack later Wednesday.

This was the second armed hold up near the Capitol in the past week.

It came as the state Senate was poised to debate a bill that passed the House that would make it harder for local municipalities like Harrisburg to enact local gun laws by giving standing to gun rights groups like the NRA and forcing the municipalities to pay legal costs regardless of the outcome of a trial.

Last week a woman was held up at gun point at the base of the Capitol steps shortly before 10 p.m.

It was not the first time a state lawmaker has fought back against assailants in altercations near the Capitol. Rep. Tim Solobay (D.,Washington) fought off armed robbers who assaulted him outside the Capitol in 2010.

It's boring, and your lack of creativity knows no bounds.


  • BAMAAKBAMAAK Senior Member Posts: 4,484 Senior Member
    A Republican would have hit him.
    "He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm."

    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and politician
  • horselipshorselips Senior Member Posts: 3,628 Senior Member
    Representatives Bizzarro and Flynn were not among the co-sponsors of House Bill 357, The Right To Bear Arms Protection Act, which would make it a felony for any state officer to implement any federal gun control act in PA. Rep. Bizzarro has actually spoken out against the bill.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 17,089 Senior Member
    Bizzarro....Really? What's next...Superman?
    Sharps Model 1874 - "The rifle that made the west safe for Winchester"
  • RazorbackerRazorbacker Senior Member Posts: 4,646 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    What's next...Superman?

    Probably, he wears his fancy drawers on the outside to, too,two, tu.
    Teach your children to love guns, they'll never be able to afford drugs
  • DoctorWhoDoctorWho Senior Member Posts: 9,496 Senior Member
    Jayhawker wrote: »
    Bizzarro....Really? What's next...Superman?

    Didn't Bizzaro have a strange face like shaving cream ? Most Democrats seem Bizzaro to me.
    "There is some evil in all of us, Doctor, even you, the Valeyard is an amalgamation of the darker sides of your nature, somewhere between your twelfth and final incarnation, and I may say, you do not improve with age. Founding member of the G&A forum since 1996
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