UPDATED as of November 1, 2013 A man held several people hostage before shooting one and taking his own life at a standoff Wednesday night in the city of Willard.
Officials identified 19-year-old Shawn Shuett of Mansfield as the gunman who took several people hostage at the Family Dollar Store.
Willard Police said Shuett held a woman, Joann Sarver at gunpoint, demanding her to take him to the Family Dollar around 5:18 p.m. Shuett took another person, Kim A. Kelley, as hostage inside the store. Shuett barricaded the doors to prevent any person from entering or leaving the buildingThe City of Willard had notified the public with updates of the situation by sending out tweets during the hostage.A tweet indicated, â??The gunman stated he was not interested in money, but wanted to make a statement.â??Negotiators talked to Shuett for about three hours, where he eventually agreed to release some of the hostages. Around 8:10 p.m., one hostage, Joann Sarver ran out the back door, screaming that he was shooting, according to officials.Thatâ??s when a SWAT team broke the windows of the front building to enter the store, where officers discovered the gunman with self-inflicted wounds.Police Chief Mark Holden said they also found Kelley shot in the head on the floor. Kelley was life-flighted to the hospital, where officials say Kelley died shortly thereafter as a result of her wounds.Willard Police asked motorists to avoid the U.S. 224 between State Route 103 and Myrtle Avenue during the emergency, but reopened the roads by 11:30 p.m.