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Witnesses feared mass killings at church shooting

12:54 PM, Apr 1, 2013   |    comments
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ASHTABULA --  Panicked witnesses to a fatal Easter service shooting in Ohio feared many might be killed as the victim's son approached the pulpit, waving a handgun and yelling about God and Allah.

Associate Pastor Steve Sargent said Monday at the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula (ash-tuh-BYOO'-luh) that the shooting could have been much worse.

Worshipper Michael Wofford says he feared a shooting rampage would erupt after the gunman finished his spiel from the pulpit area.

Police say 25-year-old Reshad Riddle went to the church and killed his father, 52-year-old Richard Riddle, with a single shot from a handgun Sunday afternoon.

The gunman then walked down the side of the church, decorated with lilies for Easter, and sent panicked worshippers fleeing.

 

THOMAS J. SHEERAN
Associated Press

 

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