George Sodini — the man who killed three women at an LA Fitness in Bridgeville, PA, and then shot himself — was questioned one week before the August 4th crime, when he matched the description of a man that was reported to be playing with a grenade on a public bus.
A bus passenger saw a another man on the bus, matching Sodini’s description, take a grenade out of a computer bag about 7 a.m. July 28, 2009 and hold it and move it in his hands. The witness didn’t report the suspicious activity to Port Authority police until the afternoon, which was too late for police to identify the suspect and search the bus. Police set up surveillance on the bus and identified Sodini as the possible suspect that the witness reported. Sodini was stopped, questioned, searched, and photographed on July 30, 2009.
Police didn’t charge Sodini two days after the initial report of suspicious activity because the witness who reported seeing the man with the grenade couldn’t confirm the photograph of Sodini was the same man that he saw with the grenade. Also, when Sodini was questioned by police two days after the suspicious activity report, he denied having a grenade.
Sodini also wounded nine people who were attending the aerobics class at the L.A. Fitness club in Collier Township on Aug. 4, 2009.