Beyond Kirkersville: Some of country’s worst shootings in 2016 and 2017 happened in Ohio


The Kirkersville police chief, two nursing home employees, and a suspected gunman who reportedly turned a weapon on himself are dead following a shooting at the Pine Kirk Care Center this morning.

Other officers responding to shooting this morning in Kirkersville braced for the worst — a mass shooting with multiple victims.

» RELATED: Officer dead following shooting at Kirkersville nursing home

» RELATED: 3 things to know about the Village of Kirkersville

Ohio is the site of the nation’s worst mass shooting so far this year and some of the worst in 2016.

Some notable recent Ohio mass shootings include:

April 16, 2017 

Nine people were shot in Columbus at J&R Party Hall as the result of an argument. Five females and four males were transported for treatment to Grant Medical Center and the Ohio State University Hospital. Reports indicated two people were critically injured. 

» RELATED: 9 wounded in Ohio’s second mass shooting in less than a month 

» RELATED: Columbus police: Gunshot victims not cooperating with investigation 

March 26, 2017

The early-morning shooting at Cameo Night Club in Cincinnati claimed the life of 27-year-old O'Bryan Spikes and injured Trotwood's Jarrod Givens and Jordan "Lyrik" Hardaway. With 17 people injured, it is the nation's largest mass shooting so far in 2017. 

» PHOTOS: Cincinnati Nightclub Deadly Shooting 

» Suspects in Cameo club shooting face 230 years in prison 

July 24, 2016

Eight people were shot, one fatally, at Doubles Bar in Hamilton. Days after the shooting, two men were killed in a related drive-by shooting in Hamilton, which was a murder for hire, according to court records. 

» Third man sent to prison for Hamilton bar violence 

» Documents outline family feud in 2 Hamilton shootings 

April 22, 2016 

The massacre of eight members of the Rhoden family in Pike County was the largest mass killing in the United States during 2016. In the year since the killings, 10-12 investigators were in the county any given week, tracking down more than 800 tips, taking 400 interviews — including multiple interviews of the same individuals — and executing 38 search warrants, yet no arrests have been made in the mysterious case. 

» Pike County murders: 1 year later 

» DeWine: Pike County murders ‘very hot’ case


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