Gunman kills new police chief, nursing home employees in small OH town

NBC4 in Columbus reports there are people possible sheltering inside the nursing home.

Thorp said authorities believe a fourth body is that of the shooter, but the shooter's motive and identification are not yet known.

DiSario responded to the scene from the nearby Kirkersville Police station on a call of a disturbance and a man in the street with a gun. Though 23 of the nursing home's residents were at the facility during the incident, 10TV reported, none were reported injured in the shooting.

The local elementary school is on lockdown while police investigate.

The Pine Kirk Care Center is located on East Main Street.

The village is about 25 miles east of Columbus.

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Steven Eric Disario, 36, was killed as he responded to a shooting in Kirkersville, Ohio, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said on Friday.

Disario was shot on a street near the Pine Kirk Care Center, and the two employees and the gunman were found dead inside, Thorp said. According to WOSU's Esther Honig, that officer was Kirkersville police chief Robert E. Chamberlain II. "It's just a tragic event", he said.

A woman who works about a block from where an OH police chief and two nursing home employees were killed says she heard gunshots followed by screaming and then sirens.

Ben Richards, communications director for Southwest Licking Local Schools, said all the students at Kirkersville Elementary were on the buses when the situation started and diverted to Watkins Middle School.

"Ohio mourns the loss of Kirkersville Chief Eric Disario, who died in the line of duty", Gov. John Kasich said in a statement. "Thinking of the officer, officer's family & all involved", said Senator Sherrod Brown (D) on Twitter.

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