Kirkersville community shaken by nursing home shooting

A memorial was placed outside the Kirkersville police department to honor fallen Police Chief Steven Eric Disario. (WSYX/WTTE)

Kirkersville community members expressed shock at the Friday morning shooting at Pine Kirk Care Center that claimed the life of Police Chief Steven Eric Disario and three others inside the facility: two employees and the suspected shooter.

Police and the nursing home owner said the alleged gunman and one of the victims were in a relationship.

One witness said he was dropping his kids off to their babysitter when he heard shooting he described as "about five or six big ones and a couple pistols."

"I'm stunned," he said. "This is Kirkersville. There's like 35 houses right here."

Pine Kirk Care Center is located on Main Street in the town of 536 people that is also home to National Trail Raceway.

Kirkersville Elementary School is less than half a mile from the Care Center. Students there were evacuated and taken to Watkins Memorial Middle School.

The parents arriving at the middle school to get their kids were distraught at what happened in their community. One, the daughter of a teacher, said she and her child's father had conversations with their daughter about shooter situations.

"It was really scary that there was an active shooter, but I think the school did a really good job busing the kids over here and keeping them safe," she said.

Parents said they were concerned about what their children were experiencing.

"You see incidents like this all over the country," one father said. "At this point, where we live is no different than any other place."

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