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Cold-blooded execution of a child: Ohio gunman cornered boy, 11, basement, ordered family out and then shot him dead

A gunman who killed seven people during a rampage through his Ohio neighbourhood cornered one of his victims, ordered the family sheltering him out and shot him dead, police said.Michael Hance killed his girlfriend's 11-year-old nephew in the basement of a house in Copley, Ohio, after stalking six other people in a dispute over a home, neighbours said.The 51-year-old had grown angry over residents' comments about the state of the property he lived in with is girlfriend, Beck Dieter.
Killer: Michael Hance is the man police say shot his longtime girlfriend before killing seven people and dying in a shootout with policeVictim: Police believe the rampage was sparked by an argument Michael Hance had with his girlfriend Becky Dieter, who was injured in the shooting spreeTragic: Police officers talk to an unidentified woman who claimed to be a relative at the scene of a multiple fatal shooting today in Copley Township, OhioNeighbour Carol Eshleman said Hance had been asked to clean up his property by another resident, Gudrun 'Gerdie' Johnson, around a month ago, but had thrown him off his property.Mrs Johnson, 64, was killed in the attack, along with her husband Russell, 67. Their 44-year-old son Bryan Johnson and his daughter Autumn, 16, were also shot dead.Becky Dieter's brother Craig, and his 11-year-old son, Scott, and an unidentified girl who was shot in a parked car with Autumn were the other victims.Ms Dieter, Hance's long-time girlfriend, was also shot but survived and remains in hospital.The dispute apparently dated back to the deaths of Ms Dieter's parents two years ago, neighbours said.Her brother Craig wanted to sell the house, but instead Hance and Ms Dieter moved in.Hance was described as 'unpleasant' and 'disliked'.Emotional: Hundreds gathered for the vigil to grieve the lives of loved ones lostFamily: Tammi Simon, second left, hugs her daughter Jeena Simon, 16, as she stands with her friend Dana Aspenwall, 16, during the vigilThe shooting began just before 11am on Sunday.Craig and his wife Beth Dieter had driven to Copley from their home in Walton, Kentucky, to go over the property dispute and were visiting Mr and Mrs Johnson when the shooting took place.Gilbert Elie, who lives opposite the Johnsons' home, said he heard gunshots and cried for help as he was about to leave for church.He described finding victims in the driveway of the home, near the garage and in a vehicle which had its windows blown out.A third woman - thought to be Becky Dieter - came out of the house and tried to talk to him, but their conversation was ended abruptly when a man followed her out of the house and shot her.Mr Elie, 76, said: 'She was talking to me, and he come up behind her and shot her, so I figured, maybe I'm next.'He hid until he could see the gunman had gone. Police arrived on the scene, and Mr Elie said he heard a second round of shots coming from behind the houses.Eight dead: Members of the Summit County Sheriff Department leave the scene of the shooting after the gunman was killedScene: Copley Township resident Anthony Johnson walks with Copley police officer Bill Monza to check an unlocked motorhome on Mr Johnson's propertyInvestigation underway: Barricades are put up to block Schocalog Road and the scene of the crimeOn duty: A Fairlawn, Ohio, policeman maintains traffic around a police barrier near the shooting this afternoonThat, according to police, would have been Hance shooting Bryan Johnson at a different house after chasing him down a grassy alley.Scott Dieter was shot in the basement of a third house where he had apparently sought refuge after fleeing through a swamp to get away from the gunman.Hance himself was then killed in a gunfight with police outside that home, authorities said.Detective Joe Krunich told a news conference: 'That's one of the puzzles here, why was he going after the child?'Police are trying to determine whether the Johnsons were involved in the property dispute.Gerdie Johnson was originally from Germany and met her husband when he was in the military. She was a receptionist at a furniture store for two decades and her husband Russ ran an upholstery business behind his house.Copley Township is a town of around 14,000 people 40 miles south of Cleveland.

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Added: Aug-9-2011 Occurred On: Aug-9-2011
By: Zipper10
Regional News
Tags: Cold, blooded, murder, execution, cornered, boy, basement
Location: Copley, Ohio, United States (load item map)
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