Mass murder-suicide at rural Pennsylvania supermarket leaves 4 dead
By Jennifer Cruz
Police say the gunman used pallets and other items to barricade the doors of the grocery store before killing his co-workers. (Photo: Associated Press)
A workplace shooting at a Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania, supermarket early Thursday morning left four people dead, including the gunman, and a typically quiet community in shock.
The deceased victims were identified as Victoria Brong, 25, of Factoryville; Brian Hayes, 47, of Springville; and Terry Sterling, 63, of South Montrose. The gunman, who apparently killed himself at the end of his deadly rampage, was identified as Randy Stair, 24, of Dallas, Pennsylvania. All were employees at the Weis Market.
Authorities say Stair came to work at 11 p.m. Wednesday, which was his usual shift. Wyoming County District Attorney Jeff Mitchell said at 12:37 a.m., Stair sent a text message to his mother, who was asleep at the time. It was essentially a suicide note.
Then, around 1 a.m., Stair blocked all the entrances and exits to the building, including a door which he blocked with his car, retrieved a duffel bag containing his weapons, then systematically gunned down his co-workers one by one. According to reports from The Associated Press, one victim was able to escape unharmed and call 911.