Eight killed in Ohio shooting following domestic dispute
Published 08/08/2011 | 07:41
A family argument in Ohio resulted in eight people being shot dead in two places, including an 11-year-old, and two more people were wounded .
One person shot five people to death in one location, then two more were killed nearby before police killed the gunman, police Chief Michael Mier told WKYC-TV.
The shootings happened in a wooded, residential neighborhood of older homes outside Akron, Copley Township officers said. The neighbourhood remained blocked off by police Sunday afternoon.
Jeff Kirby of nearby Norton said he was visiting his mother's home a block from the shootings at mid-morning when he heard gunfire - about 15 shots with several pauses between them.
Mr Kirby, 53, said the last gunfire he heard occurred about the same time he heard sirens in the neighborhood.
Copley police Sgt. Eric Goodwin said he did not know the conditions of the wounded but said he believed there were no more victims.
"As far as I know, everyone's accounted for," he said.
He gave no more details, including how the shooter and victims were related, their names or what led to the argument.
"That's still under investigation," he said.
Copley Township is a town of about 14,000 people outside Akron in northeast Ohio.
An employee at a nearby petrol station told Reuters a customer's niece lived in the house where the shooting took place.
"She doesn't know if (the niece is) dead or alive," said the worker, who declined to be identified.
The worker described Copley Township as a quiet, upscale community.