Wednesday, September 3, 2003

1 shot dead after tomato prank

The Associated Press

MOUNT HOPE, Ohio - A motorist fired a shotgun into a cornfield at a group that threw tomatoes at his car, killing a 23-year-old man of Amish heritage, authorities said.

Steven L. Keim of Applecreek was with about 10 other Amish youths ages 15 to 23 hiding in a cornfield Monday night along Ohio 241 north of Mount Hope, about 60 miles south of Cleveland.

The group told the Holmes County Sheriff's Office they were throwing tomatoes and firing paintball guns at passing vehicles.

It was the first homicide in five years in Holmes County and the first firearm-related homicide in about 30 years, Fritz said.

The sheriff's department was looking for a middle-aged male suspect of medium height.

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