Shooter: Randy Stair shot and killed three of his co workers before killing himself inside a Weis Market in South Montrose, Pa. Thursday, Jun 8
Four people died Thursday in an early morning shooting incident at a northeast Pennsylvania grocery store, in what State Police are calling the shooting a murder-suicide.
The gunman identified as 24-year-old Randy Stair of Dallas, reportedly had unleashed bullets on the other three before turning the gun on himself.
Pennsylvania State police just before 1 a.m. responded to a report of a man shooting people inside Weis Market in Eaton Township, the AP reported. The store was closed at the time.
EMTs and law enforcement survey the crime scene at the Weis Market in South Montrose, Pa. Thursday,
Responding officers found three men and one female dead inside the supermarket, which is open 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. A witness was unharmed, troopers said. Authorities said the victims are Victoria Brong, 25, Brian Hayes, 47, and 63-year-old Terry Sterling of South Montrose, Pa.
Stair who was inside the market working since 11:00 pm on Wednesday, spent the first 90 minutes of his shift blocking entrances and exits so no one could flee once the shooting started. About two hours later, he grabbed two pistol shotguns that he had with him in a duffel bag, police said.
They say he began shooting, ultimately killing three of his co-workers on the after-hours shift.
Police checked the shooter’s car for explosive devices, none was found
One witness inside the store managed to flee and call 911, according to police sources.
According to police, he continued firing shots throughout the store before turning the gun on himself. One witness was able to get out of the store and call 911.
Authorities called in a bomb squad to investigate the alleged suspect’s car in the parking lot but ruled the scene all clear.
In a statement, Weis Market said: “We are deeply saddened by the events of this morning. The safety of our associates, are customers, and our surrounding community is our top priority. As this is an active investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police will take the lead in answering all media questions. We will continue to keep the media informed as appropriate.”
The shooters online profile potrayed an angry, frustrated and angry young man who left behind disturbing rambling suicide notes and disjointed online journals chronicling his almost manic anger
Through his Twitter page, Stair left behind a troubling written trail of his intentions and warped mind. He posted links to a massive file containing journals that read like suicide notes.
Going through his entries, Stair had given ample warnings on social media of his mindset.
He posted under a channel he called “Ember’s Ghost Squad,” and read some of his suicide notes, but be aware that they are troubling and contain explicit language.
“All souls are fair game,” he says in one chilling video. His suicide notes paint the picture of a depressed and angry loner who has lost faith in humanity. He appears to have created a prolific online sort of last will and testament, providing a chilling view into the twisted mind of a killer in a social media age.”
“I’m so ready to die. Two more fun nights and that’s it,” he wrote in an online journal left for the world to see. “I’ve officially accepted that Wednesday night will be the death of me. Everything around me seems to have faded away. It’s felt as if I’m the last soul alive on this planet for the last week. I see people but they feel like an illusion. I’ve never felt.”
Samples of journal entries include one where he wrote: “I’m so ready to die. Two more fun nights and that’s it. I’ve officially accepted that Wednesday night will be the death of me.”