Monday, August 8, 2011

Devastation in Ohio

A family argument in Ohio ended in eight people being shot dead in two places, including an 11-year-old boy and two more people were wounded, say authorities.
Five people were killed in one location, then two more were killed nearby before police killed the gunman.
The shootings happened in a wooded, residential neighbourhood of older homes outside Akron, Copley Township officers said.
Jeff Kirby of nearby Norton said he was visiting his mother's home not far from the shootings at mid-morning when he heard gunfire – about 15 shots with several pauses between them.
Kirby, 53, said the last gunfire he heard occurred about the same time he heard sirens in the neighbourhood.
Cops in Copley, Ohio, said on Monday the shooter was Michael Hance, 51.  Police were still investigating a motive, but one neighborhood woman said Hance was feuding with Becky Dieter, his girlfriend,  over her late parents' will.
At 11:00 am on Sunday,  Hance shot Dieter, then went to a neighboring home and shot her brother, along with four others, police said. This led to a chase through several backyards and at least one other home that left two more people dead, police said.
A neighbor who was trying to talk to neighbors on her front porch was also shot when Hance, walked in back of her and shot her.  Neighbors  Russ Johnson, 67, and his wife, Gerdie, 64, who were also involved with the issues involving the will were among those shot dead.  Neighbors said at least two of the victims were local high school students.

Copley is a town of about 14,000 people outside Akron in northeast Ohio.

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