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THE WILL OF ALLAH’: OHIO CHURCH SERVICE TURNS DEADLY AFTER MAN REPORTEDLY YELLS ISLAMIC RHETORIC, SHOOTS HIS FATHER

Posted by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 5:49 PM
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ASHTABULA, Ohio (TheBlaze/AP) — Police in northeast Ohio are investigating a shooting outside a church that left one man dead after an Easter service. And the details may shock you.

A member of the Hiawatha Church of God in Christ said the man was shot soon after Easter services ended, around 1:15 p.m. Sunday. Joan Crockett said the man knew the shooter, and that a suspect was taken into custody.

Media reports — and the police — identified the victim as Richard Riddle, 52, and said his son was the shooter.

Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell told the Star Beacon in Ashtabula that dispatchers received multiple calls about the shooting from inside the church and that a mass shooting was feared. He said at least six other law enforcement agencies rushed to assist local police.

The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland reported that the church’s pastor said congregants were leaving when they heard a gunshot. Here’s how WKYC-TV describes the shooting:

Rashad Riddle, waited outside of the church until his family came out. He said a few words before shooting his father, Richard Riddle, who died at the scene. A witness only remembers hearing one shot.

The shooter didn’t leave the scene following the shooting. When police arrived, they told him to put down his gun, which he did. Police then took him into custody.

But here’s where the details get a bit more curious. According to WYTV-TV, the suspected shooter, Rashad Riddle, yelled, “The will of Allah — this is the will of God,” either before or after the murder.



Those at the church described the chaos in detail.

Associate Pastor Sean Adams told The (Ashtabula) Star Beacon newspaper that worshippers started screaming, ducking down and calling 911 on cellphones after the shooting.

“”It was terrifying,” Adams told the newspaper. “The children were screaming and people were dialing 911. We were afraid to breathe.”

Adams said Reshad Riddle then continued into the church, still holding the gun, and yelled that the killing was “the will of Allah. This is the will of God.”

“People pushed me into a back office and said, `Somebody’s here with a gun,’” said the Rev. David Howard Jr. “The guy was outside hollering and acting crazy.”

There were no immediate reports of any other injuries.

Howard said the church has about 175 members and that congregants didn’t know what led up to the shooting.

“It’s such a tragic loss,” Crockett said.

County Coroner Pamela Lancaster told the Star Beacon that Riddle’s wound was “immediately fatal.” She said the body will be transferred to the Cuyahoga County coroner’s office for autopsy.

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ashellbell
by shellbark on Apr. 1, 2013 at 5:54 PM
That's just sad. Patricide at a church is a new one for me.
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terpmama
by Silver Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 6:01 PM

Sounds like either a family dispute or mental illness issue... But since dad was the only victim (not counting fright) then I lean toward family issue.

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 6:24 PM

Very sad.  I read an update and the shooter is getting a psyciatric eval...

When Richard Riddle saw his son walk past the windows at the Hiawatha Church of God in Ashtabula during Easter services, he tried to cut the 28-year-old man off before he entered the church. 

Witnesses said when the 52-year-old confronted his son, Reshad Riddle, at the church doors, the son shot his father once in the chest, killing him. 

Reshad Riddle then walked into the church and up to pulpit with his gun and chanted sayings until police arrived shortly after and asked for his weapon. 

Reshad Riddle entered no plea Monday at his initial appearance in Ashtabula Municipal Court on charges of aggravated murder, having weapons as a felon and carrying a concealed weapon. He is being held in the Ashtabula County Jail on $1 million bond. A psychiatric evaluation was ordered. 

Riddle faces life in prison on the aggravated murder charge. Death penalty specifications could be added by a county grand jury. Riddle faces additional penalties of up to 6.5 years in prison on the two weapons charges. 

"I have done no wrong," Riddle told the judge on Monday. "By whose laws have I broken? The laws of the state of Ohio?"

At times, Riddle's answers to the judge were bizarre.

"I have done no wrong. What I have done was cleared my DNA from a blood oath taken out over 25 years ago. It's Isha Allah, self, Lord, master, no one over me," Riddle said.

http://www.wytv.com/content/news/local/story/UPDATE-Father-Son-Had-Argument-Prior-to-Church/bKEKDFaniUqQI_jU_4mthA.cspx

Imacakebaker
by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 6:27 PM

Gotta love the religion of "peace"

SEEKEROFSHELLS
by Platinum Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 6:32 PM

 The guy has mental issues to be sure.

katy_kay08
by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM
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so every time a Christian goes on a shooting spree do we get to blame Christianity as a whole?  

here's a recent one.  

http://wtvr.com/2013/03/13/russell-brown-warrant/

here's another "good" Christian. 

http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/local/story/Youngstown-Man-Charged-with-Threatening-to-Kill/sQ9b3Z9JbEm_d4Z3_cCALQ.cspx

oops...one more

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/mar/25/court-rejects-appeal-man-who-claims-god-told-him-k/


Quoting Imacakebaker:

Gotta love the religion of "peace"


katy_kay08
by on Apr. 1, 2013 at 6:40 PM
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What a horrible situation, it would sure be nice if more was done to prevent mentally ill people from gaining access to guns.  

Peanutx3
by Ruby Member on Apr. 1, 2013 at 6:43 PM

Sigh

Quoting Imacakebaker:

Gotta love the religion of "peace"



GLWerth
by Gina on Apr. 1, 2013 at 6:44 PM

I'll give her the benefit of the doubt, maybe her point was that Christianity is the religion of "war" or "death". 

But yeah, from now on, any time a Christian commits a murder, I'm totally going to paint all Christians with that brush. Mental illness? NAH, it's all about religion!

Quoting katy_kay08:

so every time a Christian goes on a shooting spree do we get to blame Christianity as a whole?  

here's a recent one.  

http://wtvr.com/2013/03/13/russell-brown-warrant/

here's another "good" Christian. 

http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/local/story/Youngstown-Man-Charged-with-Threatening-to-Kill/sQ9b3Z9JbEm_d4Z3_cCALQ.cspx

oops...one more

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/mar/25/court-rejects-appeal-man-who-claims-god-told-him-k/


Quoting Imacakebaker:

Gotta love the religion of "peace"



 

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Apr. 1, 2013 at 6:45 PM


Quoting Imacakebaker:

Gotta love the religion of "peace"

Yeah, christianity sucks

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