Reps. Flynn and Bizzarro Involved in Shootout After Attempted Mugging

Harrisburg-NightRep. Marty Flynn (D-Scranton), and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro (D-Erie) were left unscathed a frightening encounter that included gunshots and an attempted robbery last night.

As recounted by Kevin Zwick of Capitolwire, the two Democrats spent much of Tuesday in a House session that rate late into the evening. The two freshman lawmakers then attended a colleagues’ fundraiser, ate dinner and walked two female Representatives back to the Capitol.

Heading back to Midtown, the two were approached at gunpoint by two attackers around 11:00 p.m. on Herr Street, while a third watched from a vehicle according to sources close to the incident. The fourth suspect was arrested at home.

Seeking their wallets, one of the two accosters was armed. Luckily Flynn, a former Lackawanna prison guard who is licensed to carry a handgun, reached for his firearm and exchanged shots with the assailants. At this point both attackers and victims fled in different directions.

Flynn and Bizzarro ran back to their residence where they immediately called 911.

In a statement released by the House Democratic office, Flynn declared “We are used to fighting for the people in our districts every day. We certainly are going to stand up for ourselves and not become victims.”

Bizzarro gave effusive praise to the Harrisburg Police for their response, saying “We were extremely impressed by the professional manner in which the Harrisburg police officers responded to our call.”

8 Responses

  1. Wonder how these democrats vote on gun control issues. A better ending to this story would be that the predators were killed on the scene, never to mug anyone again. I might actually learn to like a few Dems. 🙂

  2. What I found amazing was the observation in the Patriot News by Harrisburg police officials saying ‘Gosh, someone could have gotten hurt and there was property damage too where the shots hit’. Maybe they were mis-quoted but I did not detect a great deal of empathy with the state representatives who thankfully had the means to protect themselves against the after hours crowd.

  3. The most regrettable thing about this is that the punks were not shot to death at the scene.

  4. Sadly I think the motto for Harrisburg should be “When the sun goes down, get the hell out of downtown”. It’s just not a safe place.

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