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A woman working at a grocery store in Ohio was shot and killed and police are saying it was an apparent murder-suicide involving her ex-husband.

Around 9:30 a.m. on June 25, officers were notified of a shooting inside a Giant Eagle supermarket in North Olmsted, the Tri-City Herald reported.

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Police responded to the store within a minute and officers found the bodies of the victim and the shooter, officials said.

Police Chief Bob Wagner said at a press conference that 63-year-old Susan Peterson, who worked at the store for more than three years, was shot by her ex-husband, 60-year-old Bernard Edward Smith, who then shot himself.

Wagner said Peterson and Smith divorced in 2004 and they “don’t believe it was a very amicable divorce,” the Herald reported.

Officials said there were 67 employees working at the store and around 200 customers inside at the time of the shooting. No one else was injured.

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One of those customers, Sammy Assaf, said, “I was just shopping all of a sudden heard one pop, and I was like, ‘I don’t know if that was a pallet or something,’ but then I heard two, three, four pops, and I was like ‘No this place is getting shot up,” according to the Herald.

In a statement, North Olmsted Mayr Nicole Daily Jones said her “heart goes out to the victim of this tragedy and her family and friends.”

The grocery store released a statement saying they were grateful “for the quick response of local authorities,” and they are “shocked and deeply saddened that such a senseless act of violence occurred in one of our stores,” the Herald reported.


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