ASHTABULA, Ohio -- One person has been shot and killed at a church service on Sunday afternoon.
The Ashtabula County Coroner's Office confirms to Channel 3 that the
shooting happened at the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ on Hiawatha
Avenue around 1 p.m.
A church administrator at the scene, Sean Adams, says he knew the
assailant and his family who attended the church. He says the gunman
shot and killed his own father. Police have not confirmed those details
at this time.
The suspect, Rashad Riddle, waited outside of the church until his
family came out. He said a few words before shooting his father, Richard
Riddle, who died at the scene. A witness only remembers hearing one
The shooter didn't leave the scene following the shooting. When
police arrived, they told him to put down his gun, which he did. Police
then took him into custody.
Adams went on to say that the family belonged to the church for as
long as he could remember. The victim was a chef and often helped cook
for church outings.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Ashtabula Sheriff's Office is assisting the Ashtabula Police Department at this time.
(Channel 3, WKYC-TV, Cleveland)