Police chief, 2 nursing home employees killed; shooter dead

The Pine Kirk nursing home, the Dispatch reported, is a 24-bed facility that serves people with both physical and behavioral health challenges.

The shooting occurred in Kirkersville, about 25 miles from Columbus, just days before the start of National Police Week, which includes National Peace Officers Memorial Day on Monday.

Authorities say a gunman shot Kirkersville Police Chief Steven Eric Disario, who'd only been on the job for about three weeks.

People console each other as emergency personnel respond to shooting outside Pine Kirk nursing home in Kirkersville, Ohio.

It is estimated that there are between 270 million and 300 million guns in the U.S., about one per person, according to the New York Daily News. The gunman then reportedly walked into a nursing facility and shot two others.

One of the vehicles searched was at a nearby gas station in Kirkersville in central Ohio.

The slain police chief was identified as Steven Eric Disario, who headed the Kirkersville Police Department, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said.

During the shooting, some of the nursing home residents barricaded themselves in rooms and sheltered in place.

Thorp said the day is especially tough for law enforcement, saying the deputies who assisted DiSario on the scene were struggling to deal with the morning's events.

"We've lost a police officer".

Ohio State Highway Patrol Lt. Robert Sellers says Friday that the situation has ended and there is no threat to the public.Remaining residents at the nursing home were taken to area hospitals.

Police say the suspected shooter has been "neutralized" and the scene is secure.

Southwest Licking Schools confirm that Kirkersville Elementary is under lockdown.

On Friday, the Columbus Ohio Police tweeted a message of support to the Kirkersville police department, writing, "Our thoughts & many prayers go out to the #Kirkersville Police Dept & the Kirkersville community".

"It's a very hard day for law enforcement in Licking County", Sheriff Thorp said.

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