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Gunman, hostage dead in Northeast Ohio standoff

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WILLARD, OHIO: An hours-long standoff ended when a man with a .22-caliber rifle killed a hostage and then himself at a small-town Family Dollar store in northern Ohio, police said.

Willard police Chief Mark Holden identified the gunman as 19-year-old Shawn Schuett, who is originally from Mansfield. He said he didn’t know what Schuett’s motive was in taking the hostages at the store on Wednesday, and that during negotiations, Schuett didn’t ask for anything but some Chinese food. Schuett told negotiators that he had not come there to rob the store.

“He made one demand, and it was for General Tso’s chicken,” Holden said at a news conference late Wednesday.

Schuett forced a woman at gunpoint to drive him to the store, but he let her go when he got there, Holden said. Once inside, he barricaded the front of the store with carts and shelving units and took two employees hostage just before 5:30 p.m. A number of police agencies, including hostage negotiators, responded. Several of Schuett’s relatives also were at the scene.

At about 8 p.m., after one hostage managed to escape out a back door, officers broke through the front window and stormed the store to find the gunman and hostage shot. The hostage, a woman whose name hasn’t been released, died later at a hospital.

Investigators were still interviewing witnesses Thursday morning and had no new information, a police dispatcher said.

Willard, a city of about 6,000 people, is 90 miles north of Columbus.


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