1 Dead, 1 Injured In Shooting At School Bus Garage

ZANESVILLE, Ohio (AP) - The city school district's head maintenance foreman shot and injured a female bus driver Wednesday at the school bus garage, then killed himself, the Muskingum County coroner said. No students were in the area.

Killed was Ron Melvin Sr. 59, of Zanesville, said Coroner Howard Marsh.

The driver was shot three times as she was preparing to go out on her route, the county sheriff's department said. She was taken to Good Samaritan Medical Center, where she was in critical condition. The hospital identified her as Deborah Law, 41, of Zanesville.

The gunman walked onto the bus about 6:20 a.m., shot the driver and then shot himself with a 9 mm semiautomatic handgun, said sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Dan Marks.

"We do not have a concrete motive at this time," Marks said.

The school district, which has about 4,600 students, canceled all classes Wednesday. The district planned to bring in counselors to assist staff.

Sharlene Ward, a spokeswoman for the school district, said the district did not know what led to the shooting.

Melvin joined the school district in 1972 and took care of the district's plumbing and electrical work, Ward said. It would not be unusual for him to be at the bus garage, Ward said.

Law first joined the school district as a substitute bus driver in 1989, Ward said.

"On behalf of our Zanesville family, we are all deeply saddened that this tragic event took place," Superintendent Michael F. Pockl said in a written statement.

A man answering the telephone at Melvin's residence declined comment Wednesday. Law's family also declined to be interviewed.

Zanesville is about 55 miles east of Columbus.

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