Police chief, 3 others dead in OH nursing home shooting

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Four people were killed in a shooting Friday morning at a Kirkersville, Ohio, nursing home, including local police Chief Steven Disario, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

According to NBC4i, the shooter was reported at the 200 block of E. Main Street at the Pine Kirk Care Center, a nursing home in Kirkersville. The chief's last radio communication said he had the man in sight. When the gunman was confronted by Disario, he shot Disario and the two hostages ran off unharmed.

A shooter opened fire inside an OH nursing home Friday, killing two employees and the town's brand new police chief, police said.

None of the three have been identified and the motive for the shooting was not immediately known.

Authorities say the gunman had taken two passers-by as hostages in a wooded area behind the nursing home. Kirkersville is located about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Columbus, Ohio. Disario, a father of six who was expecting another child, had only been police chief for around three weeks, Thorp said.

"It's a real hard day".

USA 40 is closed in the area and will remain closed for the remainder of the day, according to the patrol.

Witness Jeffrey Griffin said he heard the gunshots while dropping his kids off at a babysitter's house.

Dozens of law enforcement officers were dispatched to Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville after panicked 911 calls.

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Shortly afterward, however, police cruisers started swarming the area and police were walking around with shotguns and automatic weapons looking for a suspect.

Previous reports told of almost half of the residents living in the nursing home facility in 2016 being sex offenders.

Disario had only been on the job for about three weeks. The gunman then reportedly walked into a nursing facility and shot two others.

Peter Van Runkle, the head of the state trade association representing nursing homes, told the Dispatch that Pine Kirt caters to “the forgotten members of society.”. "He wasn't one of our frequent fliers", McConville said.

A report via fox8 told of investigators discovering two deceased female employees inside the nursing home.

The nearby elementary school was placed on lockdown, NBC4i reports.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is processing the crime scene and leading the investigation into Friday's incident.

Kasich ordered flags flown at half-staff at the Statehouse and at all public buildings and grounds throughout Licking County in central OH, where the shootings happened.

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