Twenty-five-year-old Reshad Riddle is accused of shooting and killing his father, 52-year-old Richard Riddle, at Hiawatha Church of God in Christ in Ashtabula, AL.
Associate Pastor Sean Adams told the Star Beacon of Ashtabula that worshippers started screaming, ducking down and calling 911 on cellphones after the shooting. ”It was terrifying,” Adams told the newspaper. “The children were screaming and people were dialing 911. We were afraid to breathe.” According to Adam, Reshad Riddle continued into the church, still holding the gun, and yelled that the killing was “the will of Allah. This is the will of God.”
A motive for the shooting has yet to be determined. “Witnesses at the scene said the shooter entered church and made some references to Allah, but we are not sure if that was a motive or if there was a family problem,” Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said. “There is no indication that the father and son had a bad relationship. Everyone thinks this was very surprising.” According to court records, Reshad Riddle has an extensive criminal history.
Reshad made rambling comments during his appearance in court on Monday, which prompted the prosecutor to request a psychiatric evaluation. Reshad’s comments were about God and wanting to be treated fairly. The prosecutor asked for $1 million bail and, if he makes it, a psychiatric evaluation and 24-hour monitoring.
No plea was entered on an aggravated murder charge and two weapons counts.
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