GRIFFITH, Ind. (AP)
- A man fatally shot his estranged wife in the parking lot of a parochial
school in northwestern Indiana and later killed himself at his home after a
police officer confronted him, police said.
to a report of shots fired outside St. Mary’s Catholic School about 4:30
p.m. Monday found Nina Castro, 42, lying in the parking lot with a gunshot
wound, Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance said.
She and her
16-year-old daughter had been collecting her 14-year-old son from an
after-school program, Mance said. The teenagers witnessed the shooting, he
55, fled the scene on a motorcycle and headed to his home in the neighboring
city of Gary, Mance said.
Gary Police Chief
Wade Ingram said an officer found Castro with a handgun in the garage of the
house and ordered him to drop the weapon, but Castro shot himself.
The Rev. Theodore
Mens, pastor of St. Mary’s, said Castro’s son helped with the after-school
religious program and that the daughter, who used to attend the school, is
now a sophomore at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond.
Nina Castro worked
at St. Catherine’s Hospital in East Chicago, Mens said.
The pastor said St.
Mary’s School wasn’t in session Monday because of the Easter holiday but
that after-school programs were being held.
indicates that all of us, individually and as a society, have to make better
decisions than we do in general,” Mens said.
The couple was
divorcing, with a final hearing scheduled for June 10, according to Lake
County court records.
who was accused of sexually assaulting his wife at his home in November, was
charged in February with rape and criminal confinement. His wife went to the
Gary house to retrieve some belongings, and Castro pointed a handgun at her
forehead and forced her to have sex with him, then threatened to beat her
with a crowbar, according to prosecutors.