Police: Willard Hostage Situation was Random
WILLARD, Ohio — A hostage situation that resulted in the deaths of both a hostage and the suspect was random, the Willard Police Department told Fox 8 News.
According to Police Chief Mark Holden, the man who held the Family Dollar on Walton Street West at gunpoint had no connection to the store or to the people he took as victims.
Shawn Schuett, 19, of Mansfield, was identified as the suspect. He fired shots around 8 p.m. Wednesday. When police entered the store, Schuett was dead in an apparent suicide.
Kim Kelley, of New Washington, was held hostage then shot. She was taken to the hospital but later died, Holden said.
Fox 8 News is working to learn more about Kelley.
Another woman, who was shopping at the time, made it out of the building unharmed.
The incident began Wednesday around 5:18 p.m. when a robbery was reported to the city.
Once on the scene, authorities learned Schuett did not want money. He told people he wanted to commit suicide.
A hostage negotiator attempted to diffuse the situation for hours before the shots were fired.
On Thursday, Holden also clarified Schuett did not force anyone at gunpoint to drive him to the store, as officials originally thought.