It was a very sad ending to an hours-long standoff at the Family Dollar in Willard.
The gunman, 19-year-old Shawn Schuett, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. His victim, Kimberly Kelley, a 47-year-old mother he'd taken hostage around 5 p.m. Wednesday evening, had died today, according to the hospital.
"The young man had problems. From what I understand, he didn't want to steal, he just wanted to prove a point," says Jeanine Newmeyer, who lives nearby.
In fact, police have confirmed Schuett wasn't interested in money. They say he wanted to make a statement and that he chose his victims at random.
One hostage managed to escape around 8 p.m., three hours after Schuett locked the front doors and barricaded himself inside. Police then blew out the front windows to gain access.
It was an explosion that Alex Schriner says he heard miles away, "it was a really loud boom!"
But it was too late -- Schuett was dead.
Kelley had been shot in the head with a .22-caliber rifle. Now, friends and neighbors in this small town are struggling to make sense of the crime. And several people told us Schuett recently asked a family member to help him buy a gun.
According to reports from the scene, Schuett bought a gun Wednesday from an Ace Hardware store near the Family Dollar.
Willard police are now meeting with family members and interviewing them; they are also going through Schuett's phone records.