48-year-old George Sodini calmly walked into the Tuesday night class in a health club in Bridgeville, Penn. 14-year-old Jordon Solomon was in the class. "He had a sweatband on his head. He was shuffling around in (the bag)," Solomon told the Associated Press. "All of a sudden all the lights went out and I turned around, he started firing. I turned around and I saw him holding a gun."
He fired as many as 52 rounds, killing three women and wounding nine others, and then killing himself.
"He walked right into the room where the shootings occurred as if he knew exactly where he was going," Allegheny County police Superintendent Charles Moffatt said. "I think he went in with the idea of doing what he did."
Indeed he did. Sodini chronicled his feelings on a Web site registered on his name. In it, he complained of not having a girlfriend since 1984, not having a date since May 2008 and not having sex for 19 years. "Who knows why," he wrote. "I am not too ugly or too weird."
"Women just don't like me. There are 30 million desirable women in the US (my estimate) and I cannot find one," he wrote. The page ended with the words "Death Lives!"
An entry dated Sunday:
"The biggest problem of all is not having relationships or friends, but not being able to achieve and acquire what I desire in those or many other areas. Everthing stays the same regardless of the effert (sic) I put in. If I had control over my life then I would be happier. But for about the past 30 years, I have not."
Sodini wrote of planning the attack since at least November. He had tried to do it January 6th at the same class he attacked last night:
"It is 8:45PM: I chickened out! I brought the loaded guns, everything. Hell!"
A neighbor of Sodini's, Connie Fontanesi, said, "He was so anti-social we really didn't learn anything personal about him."
Sodini himself seems to acknowledge on his Web site that people really didn't know him: "Probably 99% of the people who know me well don't even think I was this crazy."