The only survivor of a shooting at a grocery store in Pennsylvania by the employee, says that the shooter saw her but decided to spare her life.
According to the police, Randy Stair brought two pistol-grip shotguns to work at Weis Market in rural Tunkhannock. He blocked the exits and started shooting a little before 1a.m. on Thursday.
A search warrant for Stair’s residence was made public on Friday and the account of the fourth coworker was included. She said that when the shooting started, she had headphones on and was labeling products. She saw Stair kill one of the victims, then turn and look at her. He did not shoot her and moved to the next aisle. She hid and later escaped from the store and called 911. After that, she heard more shots.
Before the police got to the store, Stair was dead. He had left online videos and writings where he praised the 1999 Columbine High School shooters. When his home was searched, seven boxes of 12-gauge shotgun ammunition were found. They also found shooting goggles, ear protectors, a shotgun buttstock and an owner’s manual. Two notebooks, his drawings, cartoons, external hard drives, a flash drive, a computer and a camera were also taken by the state police.
Five unmarked discs and one marked disc with illegible writing have been placed into evidence.
The video message to his parents said that he thought about death for years and did not think he would live beyond his 20s. He also spoke about cross-dressing and how he dressed as a woman on Wednesday nights, when his parents were out bowling. He secretly wanted to undergo a sex change operation. “I was just a female soul trapped in a man’s body my whole life,” he said.
He had written an email to the actress who had voiced a cartoon character he had created. It was less than an hour before he started killing his co-workers. He thanked her for her work and mentioned that he would be dead by the time she read the email.
A brief emailed statement was released by his family that expressed sorrow for his actions. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We are so sorry for all the pain and loss of life this has caused everyone involved,” said Lori Ann Stair, his mother.
The victims included Terry Sterling, 63, of South Montrose; Victoria Brong, 26, of Factoryville; and Brian Hayes, 47, of Springville.