Victims, Shooter Identified in Weis Markets Murder-Suicide

TUNKHANNOCK — Investigators have released the names of the three victims and alleged gunman in the Weis Markets shooting in Wyoming County.

Troopers identified the gunman as Randy Stair, 24, of Dallas.

The victims were identified as Terry Sterling, 63, of South Montrose;  Victoria Brong, 25, of Factoryville; and Brian Hayes, 47, of Springville.

The store was not open at the time of the shooting in Eaton Township.

Investigators said Stair was inside the store working since 11 p.m. Wednesday. At approximately 12:50 a.m. Thursday, Stair grabbed two pistol grip shotguns that he had with him in a duffle bag in the store. Stair began shooting, killing three of his co-workers. He continued firing shots throughout the store and then turned the gun on himself while still inside the store; he died of an apparent gunshot wound to the head.

“Stair proceeded to work in the store approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes. During this time be began fortifying the exits of all the doors all the doors, blocking them so they could to get in or out,” said Pennsylvania State Police Captain Jonathan Nederostek. “He reenters the store at approximately 0041 hours. Once inside, he proceeds to lock the final main entrance door behind him…Stair then began shooting throughout the store, ultimately killing the three victims.”

Police believe Stair began his rampage by blocking all the exits and the doors, so people could not get in or out.

Investigators said a total of 59 shots were fired, and an additional 48 live rounds were found in the store.

8 comments

  • Diane Valentino

    I’ll never understand the need to take innocent people with you when you intend to kill yourself. To plan it, organize it and carry it out took a lot of thought. Too bad he just didn’t think about asking for help. My prayers are for those innocent victims and their families. This is such a tradgedy. What makes someone think they have the right to kill others because they’re not happy? Just go and take your own life if you must kill.

  • Suzy

    I believe one of the victims has a young son….this is such a horrifying event to happen in our community….simply heartbreaking

  • CeeMe

    Another of these irrational incidents; a sad commentary on our society. People need to be taught life skills, how to cope with life when things go wrong; how to handle their emotions and people. There is just too much BS going on and if you want to get back at someone because you feel horrible, don’t shoot innocent people. (Not sure if that’s the case here.)

  • Stanley Segeda

    From what I’ve read apparently someone had called the wb police with information regarding this person. If so when did they receive it and did the pass it on to anyone…apparently not…if this could have been stopped with the information that was given then I feel sorry for those who didn’t step up and do something…may you rot in hell.

    • CeeMe

      Before you judge the police, who were they supposed to call, Ghostbusters? We have freedoms in this country, which state that no one can be arrested, until they commit a crime. Unfortunately, for every positive thing that exists, there are negative consequences, due to humans.

  • Sad

    So very sad these people feel they have to take other innocent victims with them. Prayers and condolences to those families!

  • NEPADECAY

    This stair individual must of been severely deranged. These people are just trying to make a living at Weis. Probably night stockers.

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