First year Ohio college student victim in rest stop shooting

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WOOSTER, Ohio — The victim in a shooting at a rest stop along I-71 in Delaware County late Sunday morning is a student at the College of Wooster, the school said in a post on its website.

Alexander Melchert is a first-year student from Wisconsin, the school said.

He was shot Sunday around 11 a.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol chased the shooter into Richland County where he drove his vehicle over road spikes and crashed into a guardrail.

Troopers surrounded the vehicle and discovered the shooter, who has not been identified, was dead. It is believe he died of a self-inflicted gunshot.

Melchert is hospitalized at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus. At last check he was in critical condition.

According to the College of Wooster, staff have reached out to Melchert’s roommate, faculty, and others who live in his residence hall. The school is making counselors and faith professionals available to those who may need it.

Dean of Students Scott Brown went to the hospital Sunday to be with Melchert while his parents made the trip from Wisconsin.

A spokesman for the State Highway Patrol said it does not appear the shooter and the victim knew each other. Lt. Robert Sellers said the shooting “appears to have been a random act,” the Columbus Dispatch reported.