Bradford County shooter was a veteran, suffered from PTSD, anxiety

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Jesse Northrup was a veteran who suffered from PTSD and other mental health issues when he shot and killed three people before committing suicide, according to Bradford County Coroner Tom Carman.

Northrup did not serve overseas and was stationed in the United States, according to Carman.

Carman told reporters that Northrup was recently fired from Cargill Meat Solutions and had legally purchased a handgun. Northrup had not taken his medication for about two months and three of the medications (the names of which Carman could not disclose) Northrup was taking were critical to his mental wellbeing. 

Northrup’s three victims,  Edwin Bidlack, Candy Bidlack, and Johnnie Johnson were each covered with a blanket.

Carman says that the event was one of the largest mass shootings in county history.


The Bradford County Coroner is holding a press conference Monday evening.


UPDATE; 7:00 p.m., June 16, 2019

The Bradford County Coroner’s Office released new details regarding the murder-suicide where three people were killed before the gunman took his life.

The coroner said Candy Bidlack was killed by Jesse Northrup, the gunman by the element of surprise, when he shot her in the face.

The coroner added Edwin Bidlack and Johnnie Johnson were killed in an execution style with gunshots to the back of the head.

Northrup later shot himself in the head after taking the lives of the three people.

Pennsylvania State Police and the Bradford County Coroner’s office continue to investigate, but confirm that Northrup had stopped taking medication. At this time it’s unclear as to what the medication was for, but the Coroner said three of the medications are “are concerning to stop abruptly and for an extended period of time.”

It is also confirmed that Northrup was terminated from his job just days before the shooting.

Candy and Edwin leave behind their one daughter, their four grandchildren, and numerous other family members.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. at the P. Dean Homer Funeral Home


Four people are dead after a man shot and killed three people in Wyalusing, Pennsylvania before taking his own life.

According to Trooper Terence E. Foley of the Pennsylvania State Police, on Friday, June 14, during late morning, to late afternoon hours, Wyalusing man, Jesse L. Northrup, shot and killed three people at a residence on Gooseneck Road.

All three victims were discovered deceased in separate locations at the residence from a gunshot wound. 

The victims were identified as:

  • Edwin L. Bidlack
  • Candy D. Bidlack
  • Johnnie B. Johnson

Northrup was found deceased inside the home by Pennsylvania State Police with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The case is being investigated as a Homicide/Suicide.

The motivation for the crime is still being investigated at this time and autopsies will be conducted at the scheduling of the Bradford County Coroner.

This is a developing story and 18 News will continue to update the story with new information as it becomes available to us.

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