Karen Schiely / Akron Beacon Journal via AP
Members of the Copley Township community bow their heads in prayer during a vigil at Copley Community Park in Copley Township, Ohio, Aug. 7. A man gunned down two people outside a Copley Township home and two more in a car Sunday morning. He then shot his girlfriend in a rampage that left eight dead including the gunman, who was shot by police.
A neighbor, Gilbert Elie, said he was getting ready for church when he heard gunshots and cries for help in his northeast Ohio neighborhood, a wooded, residential area outside Akron. He went to a house across the street and said he found a shocking scene: the woman who lived there lying in the driveway, her husband shot near the garage, and their young granddaughter and another woman shot in the front seat of a vehicle, the windows apparently blown out by gunfire.
A third woman came out of the house next door and tried to talk to Elie, he said, but their brief exchange ended abruptly when a man followed her out of the house and shot her, sending the 75-year-old Elie running for safety behind a truck.
"She was talking to me, and he come up behind her and shot her, so I figured, maybe I'm next," he told The Associated Press.
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