Witnesses feared mass killings at church shooting
by Thomas J. Sheeran, Associated Press
April 01, 2013 12:45 PM | 336 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This image provided by WKYC, Channel 3, shows the scene outside a church in Ashtabula, Ohio, on Sunday, March 31, 2013. Police in northeast Ohio are investigating a shooting outside the church that has reportedly left one man dead after an Easter service. (AP Photo/WKYC)
This image provided by WKYC, Channel 3, shows the scene outside a church in Ashtabula, Ohio, on Sunday, March 31, 2013. Police in northeast Ohio are investigating a shooting outside the church that has reportedly left one man dead after an Easter service. (AP Photo/WKYC)
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ASHTABULA, Ohio (AP) — 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.
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