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.