Community reacts to Weis Market shooting

Some employees were on their way into work when they heard the news.

EATON TOWNSHIP, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- The murder-suicide at a Weis Market in Eaton Township early this morning has shattered many in the small Wyoming County community.

Our Eyewitness News crews were on the scene overnight as some employees from the store arrived. Its something no one can imagine arriving to work and finding.

"I am in shock. I am in shock," says Rick Mehall, an employee at the Weis Supermarket. "It is horrifying."

Mehall was part of the morning team to set open the store Thursday morning. Instead of going into work, they were stopped by police, learning four of their coworkers are now dead in an apparent murder-suicide.

"Its just starting to sink in," says Mehall. "Now I am starting to shake and trying to figure out what's going on. "It's scary."

Folks in Eaton Township tell Eyewitness News Weis is a big employer in the area. Bryan McDonald picked up part-time work at the story, and worked closely with one of the victims- Terry Sterling.

"I was a cashier there and we would all leave at 11," says McDonald. He would come in and get started on the floors. Come in, do some grocery shopping, make some jokes, laugh."

From those with a personal connection, to those who knew the Weis employees in passing.

"You just don't know what happens," says Joe Brennan, a local Auto Zone employee. "You don't know what sets a person off."

Many struggling to understand why a man would turn a gun on his coworkers and himself.

State police took down a majority of their crime scene tape around 3:30 this afternoon. The supermarket remains closed tonight and there is no word on when it will reopen.

St. Peter's Episcopal Church is planning a prayer service for Weis and the community at the Wyoming County Courthouse at 7:00 pm tonight.


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