EATON TOWNSHIP, WYOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) Four people are dead, including the gunman, after an overshooting shooting at a supermarket in Wyoming County. State police say a 24-year-old employee from the Weis supermarket outside Tunkhannock reported to work like normal last night — but also had two shotguns in his car. Tonight — we are learning more about the suspect and the three victims. Eyewitness News Repoter Eric Deabill has our story.
When the shooting started, one was able to get out and call 911. In all, state police believe the suspect fired a total of 59 shots.
It was right before 1:00 am when state police got the 911 call about a deadly shooting at the Weis supermarket outside Tunkhannock.
As morning stretched into afternoon, troopers remained on scene trying to figure out why 24-year-old Randy Stair of Dallas, Luzerne County, used two shotguns to kill three of his co-workers.
“This is another senseless act that didn’t have to happen. It’s a tragedy” said Captain Jon Nederostek, PA State Police
State police say Stair reported to work just before 11:00 pm Wednesday night for a regular shift.
Investigators think he spent the next 90 minutes blocking the store’s five exits before moving his car in front of an emergency door and taking two shotguns back into the store and opening fire.
He had 100 rounds of ammunition.
“He just had an ammo bag, which is a duffel type that he carried his ammunition in, but the actual shotguns, one was carried in his hands and one was on his shoulder with a sling” noted Lt. Gary Vogue, PA State Police.
At this point, state police are looking into why all of this happened.
Randy Stair has a very large social media and digital footprint, some of it appearing to show him preparing for the attack.
In a journal entry dated Monday, Stair said he was ready to die, claiming to be a girl trapped in a man’s body.
He wrote, “The girl in me is clawing to get out. 62 more hours…”
“We’re looking at everything from social media, to witness interviews to neighborhood interviews. We’re looking at every angle we have” added Captain Nederostek
As for the Weis supermarket, many say it is like a family. Company officials are beyond saddened.
“We’re deeply saddened by the loss of life, the tragic loss of life naturally. Our thoughts and our prayers are with the victims and their family” said James Daly, Weis Company Spokesman
The three victims have been identified.
63-year-old Terry Sterling of South Montrose was both a father and grandfather.
Friends say 47-year-old Brian Hayes of Springville wasn’t the only member of his family to work at the store his wife worked here too.
The youngest victim was 26-year-old Victoria Brong of Factoryville.