web staff, WKYC-TV/Channel 3
- A church administrator says the gunman shot and killed his own father.
- The suspect waited outside of the church until his family came out and said a few words before shooting his father.
- Police then took the shooter into custody because he hadn'tleft the scene.
ASHTABULA, OH -- 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 shot.
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.