Community coming together after fatal shooting

| December 4, 2012

POTTER COUNTY, Pa. — More than 24 hours after the shooting, there was still a sense of disbelief.

"I prayed. It's never a good sign when you see police going into church on a Sunday morning," said Reverend Scott Ogden of Park United Methodist Church.

Reverend Scott Ogden was finishing up his mass at his neighboring Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport when he saw police respond to the First United Presbyterian Church. Pennsylvania State Police say around 11:30 a.m., Gregory Eldred walked into the church and shot his ex-wife, Darlene Sitler, in front of the organ. Sitler was a music teacher at the Northern Potter School District.

"Just trying to come to grasp the whole thing and it's very difficult," said Scott Graham, Superintendent of Northern Potter School District.

Witnesses say Eldred shot Sitler four times, left the church, came back in and threatened to shoot at least one more person.

Sitler taught for 30 years and is described as an amazing person.

"She had so much energy, she was so professional and she just loved her kids," said Graham.

Reverend Ogden says the best part about living in a small community is when tragedy strikes, everyone comes together.

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