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.
“Tragic as it is, it could have been so much worse,” Rev. Steve Sargent, associate pastor of the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula, said Monday as he pointed out where the gunman moved through the sanctuary.
Michael Wofford, 59, a worshipper who attended Sunday’s service with his wife and two grandchildren, said he feared a shooting rampage after the gunman finished his spiel from the pulpit area.
“Is he going to just walk out of the church or is he going to start shooting people at random,” Wofford asked in the church vestibule. “Sooner or later he’s going to run out of words. It could have been much worse.”
Police say Reshad Riddle, 25, went to the church and killed his father, 52-year-old Richard Riddle, with a single shot from a handgun Sunday afternoon. SOURCE