An Ohio gunmen shot eight people killing seven, Sunday morning as he ran through a small town neighborhood. His girlfriend and her brother where included in the dead. Police eventually also shot and killed the rampaging man after an exchange of gunfire in Copley Township which is about 40 miles south of Cleveland.
“A person running through the neighborhood and firing a gun” prompted calls to police, Copley Police Department said in a news release late Sunday. At a home, the gunman shot his girlfriend, ran to a home next door and shot her brother and four others, then chased two people through some yards and shot one of them, police said. They did not say what the motive was or name any of the victims.
Police say he continued to a third home and shot another person before leaving and exchanging gunfire with a police officer and a former police officer. One of the man’s victims was taken to a hospital. The person’s condition was not known Sunday evening.
A woman who lives near the scene of the shootings described how one of the gunman’s would-be victims fled. “Somebody knocked on my door and a woman was at my porch, hiding on my porch,” Brenda McCrady told CNN affiliate WJW. When McCrady opened the door, the woman ran inside and told McCrady, “somebody had shot her husband point blank in the head. … And then she started screaming, ‘My son, my son, my 11-year-old son.’ Authorities said one victim was 11 years old.
The neighborhood remained blocked off by police late Sunday. About 200 people assembled at a park around sunset for an impromptu candlelight vigil for the shooting victims in their town and crime victims elsewhere. Another neighbor said residents were shocked and baffled by the shooting and would likely never get a full explanation. “The killer’s gone We’ll never know,” the neighbor said.By: Pat Prescott
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