Copley gunman shot through locked doors to reach child witness

COPLEY TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A terrifying sequence of events has come out of the police investigation in Copley Township, where eight people are dead. 

Police said 51-year-old Michael Hance tracked down an 11-year-old boy where he was hiding in a basement and killed him in front of another child.

NewsChannel5's Dan Haggerty talked with a woman named Monique, whose sister lives at 1219 Schocalog Avenue. Her sister, Melody, saw 11-year-old Scott Dieter running through the neighborhood and called him into her home to hide from Hance.

The child ran to the basement to hide with Melody's 9-year old son. They turned out the lights.

The family locked the doors, but that apparently did not stop the gunman. He shot holes in the locks and broke the glass to get inside.

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Monique said Hance held a gun to Melody's head, demanding to know where the boy was. When she would not tell him, he searched the house and went down to the dark basement with a gun in one hand and a penlight in the other.

The gunman found the boys and killed Scott Dieter without saying a word, then left.

Hance was killed outside the home when he exchanged gunfire with police.

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