Created on Friday, 22 November 2013 Written by ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP Legal Affairs Writer
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A suspect in the shooting of his ex-girlfriend's 9-year-old son and another woman and who told acquaintances "he's not going back to jail" was shot to death Friday by police.
This undated photo provided by the Grove City, Ohio police department shows Danny Thornton. A police spokesman said Thornton, 47, was killed in a shootout with police in a Wal-Mart parking lot in northeast Columbus, Ohio Friday, Nov. 22, 2013. Thornton was a suspect in the shooting of his ex-girlfriend’s 9-year-old son and another woman earlier in the day. (AP Photo/Grove City Police Dept.)
The confrontation with police in a parking lot shared by a Wal-Mart and Sam's Club on the east side of Columbus capped a chaotic morning involving victims shot in two different places and a desperate search for the suspect.
Killed in the shootout shortly before 10 a.m. was Danny Thornton, 47, according to Columbus police Sgt. Rich Weiner.
Weiner said that after the two shootings were reported earlier in the day, police were contacted by two people who knew Thornton.
"They called Columbus police, and said, 'Hey, we just got a phone call from Danny. He said that he's killed two people, and that he's not going back to jail,'" Weiner said.
Weiner said Thornton was tracked to the shopping area where he was killed after getting out of his car with a gun. A 24-year police veteran who recently joined the SWAT team was shot in the hip and was in stable condition, Weiner said.
The first shooting happened around 7:30 a.m. when Thornton shot the 9-year-old boy when he opened the door to Thornton at a residence in Grove City, a suburb on the city's southwest side, said Grove City police Capt. Jeffrey Pearson.
The woman was shot in a dentist's office around 8 a.m. in Groveport, a suburb on the city's southeast side about 20 minutes away. Weiner would not confirm reports that she'd been sitting in a dental chair at the time.
Both the boy and the woman were in critical condition at separate hospitals Friday afternoon. Police wouldn't discuss a motive.
Emergency vehicles crowded the parking lot of the two retail stores Friday, with yellow crime scene tape limiting access.
Associated Press writer Mitch Stacy contributed to this report.