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March 2013 Posts


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Man shot after Ohio church's Easter service

posted by Jack Justice, Team AccessSunday, March 31st 2013 @ 11:16 PM (not yet rated)    post viewed 3381 times

Police in northeast Ohio are investigating a shooting outside a church that has reportedly left one man dead after an Easter service.

One is reported to be dead.

A member of the Hiawatha Church said the man was shot soon after Easter services ended, at about 1:15 p.m. Sunday. It is said the man knew the shooter, and that a suspect was taken into custody.

The church's pastor said congregants were leaving the church when they heard a gunshot.

"People pushed me into a back office and said, `Somebody's here with a gun,"' said the Rev. David Howard Jr. "The guy was outside hollering and acting crazy."

There were no immediate reports of any other injuries.

He said the church has about 175 members. He said people at the church didn't know what led up to the shooting.


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JackJustice said on Monday, April 1st 2013 @ 10:34 AM:


It now appears that the shooter was the victims son. He is alleged to have been heard screaming that it was Alla's will.

Associate Pastor Sean Adams told The (Ashtabula) Star Beacon newspaper that worshippers started screaming, ducking down and calling 911 on cellphones after the shooting.

""It was terrifying," Adams told the newspaper. "The children were screaming and people were dialing 911. We were afraid to breathe."

Adams said Reshad Riddle then continued into the church, still holding the gun, and yelled that the killing was "the will of Allah. This is the will of God."

Reshad Riddle was quickly subdued by officers, who arrived just moments after the shooting. They say he has been mostly cooperative.


This incident reminds us that we must be vigilant and remember that many of the threats to the church body can be from the inside and are not always an external threat.

 Glen and I thank all of you for your efforts in creating a safe church environment. May God bless your ministries.


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