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Police: We may never know motive for rock show shooting

Columbus police say they may never know why a man opened fire at a heavy metal concert last night, killing four people and wounding two others before he was shot and killed by police.

Sergeant Brent Mull says unless 25-year-old Nathan Gale of Marysville left a note, there may be no way to know his motive.

Police say Gale ran on stage and starting shooting at musicians and the crowd during a show by the band Damageplan.

Among the dead is 38-year-old guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, who also played with the heavy metal band Pantera.

Witnesses say the gunman came on stage and shot Abbott several times at point-blank range. Several say they thought it was part of the show at first.

Police say an officer who was nearby responded to the report of a shooting, saw one man dead and the gunman holding another person. The officer then shot and killed him.

A witness on stage last night says the man who killed four people was targeting Abbott.

The witness says the shooter ran on stage and dodged several members of the band Damageplan before taking aim at the guitarist.

Joe Dameron was standing no more than 10 feet away when the shooting started. He says the shooter grabbed the guitar player with one hand and fired his gun with the other.

Dameron says he thought it was all part of the stage show until he saw blood on the stage.

He says the shooter was yelling something as he ran toward Abbott.

Tamara Keith has been a White House correspondent for NPR since 2014 and co-hosts the NPR Politics Podcast, the top political news podcast in America. Keith has chronicled the Trump administration from day one, putting this unorthodox presidency in context for NPR listeners, from early morning tweets to executive orders and investigations. She covered the final two years of the Obama presidency, and during the 2016 presidential campaign she was assigned to cover Hillary Clinton. In 2018, Keith was elected to serve on the board of the White House Correspondents' Association.