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Church offers solace in OH

Two people are dead and two others injured following a workplace shooting at an auto parts plant in Andover, Ohio.

BY TRAVIS DUNN | ANDOVER, Ohio | August 19, 2003


"We don't know what started it."

—Sgt. Chris Baker


Two people are dead and two others injured following a workplace shooting at an auto parts plant in Andover, Ohio, at about 8:20 a.m. Tuesday, according to Sgt. Chris Baker of the Andover Police Department. The injured employees were flown to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Youngstown, Ohio.

Baker said Rick Shadle, an employee of Andover Industries, opened fire with a handgun at about 8:20 a.m., killing another employee. Shadle was dead when police arrived, Baker said, but it was not certain that Shadle committed suicide.

Police are interviewing witnesses and attempting to uncover a motive for the shooting. "We don't know what started it," he said. "[Shadle] was described as quiet."

Some evacuated employees from the plant were taken to the Andover Church of Christ, where counseling was available, said the Rev. Robert Gears, the pastor of the church. Family members of employees were also able to get information about loved ones at the church.

The Andover Crisis Response Team, a group of counselors, teachers and clergy, were on hand at the church, Gears said. "Basically what we are providing is prayer counseling as well as food and refreshments," he said.

"A steady stream" of people walked in and out of the church all morning, he said. Gears' church lies about a quarter mile from Andover Industries.

Andover is located about 40 miles east of Cleveland, near the Pennsylvania border.


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