Investigators believe the gunman shot Disario, went into the nursing home and fatally shot two workers, according to the sheriff. Thorp said he assumes [Chief] Disario had engaged the suspect.
Rogers says she heard several other gun shots, then a man "yelling and screaming". The father of six had only been police chief for three weeks.
Multiple people were hospitalized after a shooting was reported Friday morning near an OH nursing facility.
The local elementary school is on lockdown while police investigate.
Kirkersville is a village in central oh with a population of around 500.
Homeland Security, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Licking County Sheriff's Office are responding to the 200 block of East Main Street in Kirkersville.
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Some nursing home residents barricaded themselves during the shooting, but none of them was injured, he said. It is unclear how the shooter gained access to the building, which was usually secured, Thorp said.
Dozens of law enforcement officers were dispatched to Pine Kirk Care Center in Kirkersville after panicked 911 calls. A heavy police presence is still located at the school. When the sheriff informed the district about the shooting, all the kids were taken to the middle school and subsequently released to their parents.
Kirkersville Elementary School was placed on lockdown, according to librarian Sue Keller, who couldn't provide details about the incident and whether it involved the school in any way.
In a tweet, Governor John Kasich said he was "shocked & pained by the horrific shooting in Kirkersville".
At approximately 9:30 a.m., officers said the situation had "been contained".