Police in Ohio say they have arrested the man who entered a Bob Evans restaurant Friday morning and then fatally shot a waitress. The alleged shooter is the ex-boyfriend of victim Rebecca Jean Rogers.
The 38-year-old Canton resident was working at the time of the shooting, waiting on the 12 people dining inside. Customers took cover under their tables during the shooting. Officers were on the scene within minutes, but the shooter had already fled out a back door. Meanwhile, police found Rogers in the hallway of the restaurant, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Detectives quickly identified Richard James Nelson as the alleged shooter. Nelson, 54, showed a history of domestic violence. Officers spent much of Friday, April 16, 2021, searching for Nelson. At around 8:30 p.m., police tracked Nelson to East Canton, where he was detained. He has been charged with aggravated murder, but has not yet entered a plea to that charge.