Published: Sun, May 14, 2017
National | By Rosalie Gross

OH police chief, 3 others dead in nursing home shooting

Four people were killed in a shooting Friday morning at a Kirkersville, Ohio, nursing home, including local police Chief Steven Disario, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

Steven Eric Disario, 36, was killed after responding to a shooting in Kirkersville, Ohio, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said.

Authorities have identified the victims of a shooting at an OH nursing home Friday by a gunman who was later found dead inside the care facility. The hostages escaped unharmed.

A shooter opened fire inside an OH nursing home Friday, killing two employees and the town's brand new police chief, police said.

Investigators have not released a motive for the shooting, which took place just before 7:30 the nursing home on East Main Street at 3 Street.

"This is a bad tragedy for our community", Thorp said.

Disario, who had been the Kirkersville police chief only a few weeks when he was killed, has six children and another on the way.

Thorp said the day is especially tough for law enforcement, saying the deputies who assisted DiSario on the scene were struggling to deal with the morning's events.

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"We don't know the cause or the objective or what drove this individual to do this", Thorp said, adding that was being investigated.

A nearby elementary school was placed on lockdown after the incident and eventually closed for the day. Flowers and flags appeared in an impromptu memorial outside the village police hall, located less than a block from the site of the shooting.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol confirms a Kirkersville police officer was shot while responding to an active shooter situation at a nursing and rehabilitation center in Kirkersville, Ohio.

McConville said Hartless spent time in prison after facing domestic violence and criminal damaging/endangering charges. "My neighbor told me that someone had shot a police officer and to go inside and lock my doors and call 911, and that's what I did".

"I think at this point, we're going to keep (the kids) at home today", Roush said. Authorities have said they had been in a relationship.

In court documents filed a week ago, Medrano said she feared for her life, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

In response to the news, Ohio Governor John Kasich ordered that all flags be flown at half-staff upon all public buildings and grounds throughout Licking County and at the Ohio Statehouse. Pine Kirk owner Tom Rosser said they were taken to other area nursing homes temporarily.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, the facility holds 24 beds, which are certified for both Medicare and Medicaid. "Join me in praying for his family, friends and colleagues, and for the others injured in this tragedy".

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