Wooster student identified as rest stop shooting victim

Oct. 3, 2016: The victim has been identified as Alexander Melchert, a first-year student at the College of Wooster.

WOOSTER, Ohio -- We now know the identity of a man shot several times at a rest stop in Delaware County.

The College of Wooster confirms the victim is Alexander Melchert, a first-year student from Wisconsin.

He’s in critical condition at a hospital in Columbus.

The shooting Sunday resulted in a police chase that ended with a standoff that shut down I-71 in Mansfield.

Authorities say the suspect ultimately shot and killed himself.

The College of Wooster posted the following statement on their site:

The College has learned that one of our students, Alexander S. Melchert, a first-year from Wisconsin, was shot at a rest stop on northbound I-71 in Delaware County, Ohio around 11 a.m. this morning. He was transported to OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio. According to the Ohio State Highway Patrol, he is in critical condition.

Police pursued the suspect, a standoff ensued, and at approximately 3 p.m., the Ohio State Highway Patrol confirmed to Channel 10 in Columbus that the suspect had died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. 

Dean of Students Scott Brown is in Columbus. Alexander’s parents are on their way to Ohio. College staff have reached out to his roommate, faculty, and others who live on his hall, and counselors and faith professionals are on hand for support.


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