Ohio woman: I tried to hide boy, 11, from gunman

August 27, 2011 - 6:50 PM
Ohio Shooting Witness

In this Friday, Aug. 26, 2011 photo, Melonie Bagley, 28, wipes away tears while holding her youngest daughter at a hotel in Akron, Ohio where she is staying as she recounts the day earlier this month when Michael Hance shot and killed 11-year-old Scott Dieter in her family's Copley, Ohio home. She said she didn't know the boy before he ran to her home yelling for help Aug. 7. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Karen Schiely)

COPLEY, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio woman says she tried to hide an 11-year-old boy from a gunman who fatally shot him and six other people before being killed by police.

Melonie Bagley tells the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper and WEWS-TV she didn't know the boy who ran to her home yelling for help Aug. 7 in Copley Township, outside Akron. She says she hid Scott Dieter with three of her children in her basement but gunman Michael Hance forced his way inside.

Bagley says Hance asked where the boy was before finding him and shooting him. She says she led her children up the stairs away from Hance but her 9-year-old son stayed with the young stranger to try to help him.

Also killed in Hance's rampage was Scott's father, Craig Dieter, of Walton, Ky.

Hance was killed soon after.