Chief Bob Wagner of the North Olmsted police department has verified that a shooting incident took place within the premises of Giant Eagle situated at 27264 Lorain Rd at 9:35 a.m.
Tragically, two individuals have lost their lives as a result.
The police have confirmed the identities of the deceased as 63-year-old Susan Petterson, an employee of Giant Eagle from Olmsted Township, and 60-year-old Bernard Smith from Cleveland.
According to the police, both Susan Petterson and Bernard Smith had been previously married and were in a state of separation.
Chief Bob Wagner stated that the authorities are treating this incident as a murder-suicide and are currently conducting an investigation.
In response to the shooting, Giant Eagle has released the following statement:
“We offer our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of our Team Member who lost her life today while working to serve the North Olmsted community. It is incredibly difficult to process and understand any event involving violence, but it becomes unfathomable when our Giant Eagle family is directly impacted. Our thoughts and hearts are with everyone affected by this terrible tragedy.
We are shocked and deeply saddened that such a senseless act of violence occurred in one of our stores. Our top priority remains the safety of our Team Members and our Guests. We are grateful for the quick response of local authorities and are committed to providing all available resources to law enforcement to assist in their investigation.
The store will be closed on Monday, June 26 so that we are able to provide on-site support to our impacted Team Members, with ongoing support for all Team Members continuing in the days ahead. The drive-thru pharmacy window will be open on Monday for Guests that need to access important medications.”
63-year-old Susan Peterson found shot dead alongside 60-year-old Bernard Smith in an apparent murder-suicide at Giant Eagle in North Olmsted
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