Katie Loschiavo thought she was being prudent when she chose a public place to meet her estranged husband on Christmas Day.
She thought the parking lot of the Hocking Mall in Logan would be safe.
Police said Phillip Loschiavo, 30, of Bremen, fatally shot Teresa Bickley, a friend who accompanied Mrs. Loschiavo and the couple’s two children to the mall parking lot, and then shot himself.
Bickley, 30, of Glouster, was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr. Loschiavo was in critical condition yesterday at OhioHealth Grant Medical Center in Columbus.
The shootings were reported at 5:48 p.m. on Wednesday near the Goodwill Industries store at the strip mall at Chieftain Drive and Rt. 664.
Loschiavo shot Bickley three times in the chest at close range and then shot himself in the head, Hocking County Coroner David Cummin said.
The shootings took place in front of Mrs. Loschiavo, 21, and the couple’s children, ages 3 and 1, Cummin said.
The Loschiavos, who separated in October, had agreed to meet at the parking lot to exchange information about car titles, savings and other paperwork, Cummin said.
Mrs. Loschiavo and Bickley chose a public place to meet Mr. Loschiavo because he had threatened Bickley last week, Cummin said. The coroner said he learned of the threat from Bickley’s mother.
Bickley’s mother could not be reached for comment. Mrs. Loschiavo did not return a telephone message.
The Loschiavos married in April, according to her Facebook page.
Logan Police Chief Aaron Miller told the Logan Daily News that Mr. Loschiavo had blamed Bickley for the break-up of his marriage because she was in a relationship with his wife. Miller could not be reached yesterday.
By Mary Beth Lane - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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