Could police have stopped the Cracker Barrel gunman?
BROOKLYN, OH (WOIO) -
Brooklyn Police are taking
some heat for a deadly shooting rampage at a Cracker Barrel restaurant earlier
this month. Some city leaders and veteran officers are questioning police
On April 12th,
Kevin Allen, his wife Katherina and their two 10-year-old daughters Kayla and
Kerri visited the Cracker Barrel restaurant in Brook Park to celebrate Kerri's
10th birthday. During the dinner, Katherina told Kevin that their
marriage was over and that she was leaving him for good.
Kevin left the restaurant
and got his gun out of his vehicle. He re-entered the restaurant and hunted down
his wife and kids, shooting all three.
Katherina and Kerri died
from injuries, Kayla remains in critical condition at MetroHealth Medical
The raging debate about
police response took place during a city council meeting. The debate centers
around how police were on scene before the shooting occurred but didn't go
inside and try to stop the bloodshed before it happened.
Kevin Allen was gunned down
while exiting the restaurant, more than three minutes after the deadly shots
were fired. City leaders praised how quickly police "took out" Kevin Allen. "I'd
also like to express my appreciation to our safety forces for their quick
response. This incident could have been much worse if the perpetrator had not
been stopped" said Brooklyn Council member Kathy Pucci.
Some veteran cops say
lives may have been saved had the police gone right in, but the Brooklyn Police
Chief says his officers don't have a "cowboy mentality." According to police,
the first officer on scene had to wait for back-up and rushing him in could
have led to even more bloodshed.
Friday, May 24 2013 6:25 AM EDT2013-05-24 10:25:45 GMT
Brooklyn firefighters who responded to a deadly shooting rampage at a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Brooklyn last April will be honored. As part of EMS Week, MetroHealth is hosting an EMS Awards CeremonyMore >>
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Friday, April 12 2013 11:01 PM EDT2013-04-13 03:01:02 GMT
Who could forget the faces of Kerri and her sister Kayla and their mom Kate Allen. Lynne Pursley, a childhood friend of Kate, was in Strongsville for a memorial held in their honor. "Having all theseMore >>
Who could forget the faces of Kerri and her sister Kayla and their mom Kate Allen.
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Tuesday, January 29 2013 11:04 PM EST2013-01-30 04:04:47 GMT
19 ACTION NEWS HAS OBTAINED SECURITY VIDEO FROM A DEADLY SHOOTING RAMPAGE LAST APRIL INSIDE THE CRACKER BARREL IN BROOKLYN. THE STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL'S OFFICE JUST RELEASED THE VIDEO TO US AS PARTMore >>
19 Action News has obtained security video from a deadly shooting rampage last April inside the Cracker Barrel in Brooklyn.
The state Attorney General's office just released the video only to us, as part of a public records request.
It's a story, that affected us all. A mother and her two young children, murdered last year, inside a local Cracker Barrel. Now, authorities have just released video, taken "inside" the restaurant, that tragic night. We want to warn you, some of this video may be disturbing to you - though we have extensively edited this and will not show anyone getting shot.More >>
Wednesday, December 12 2012 10:23 PM EST2012-12-13 03:23:43 GMT
A public records request filed by 19 Action News is shedding new light on a deadly shooting rampage in a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Brooklyn last April. Police say Kevin Allen killed his wife, Kate,More >>
A public records request filed by 19 Action News is shedding new light on a deadly shooting rampage in a Cracker Barrel restaurant in Brooklyn last April.More >>
Saturday, May 26 2012 9:29 AM EDT2012-05-26 13:29:36 GMT
Brooklyn Police dash camera
19 Action News has obtained exclusive video from the night police say a man went on a shooting rampage at Cracker Barrel, killing his wife and two daughters. Brooklyn Police just released dash cam video ofMore >>
19 Action News has obtained exclusive video from the night police say a man went on a shooting rampage at Cracker Barrel, killing his wife and two daughters.More >>
Monday, May 21 2012 8:42 PM EDT2012-05-22 00:42:42 GMT
Funeral services will be held today for 10-year-old Kayla Allen. The little girl was critically injured when her father opened fire inside the Brooklyn Cracker Barrel on April 12. Kayla survived for severalMore >>
Friends and family said goodbye to the final young victim of a restaurant rampage. Funeral services were held Monday morning for 10-year-old Kayla Allen.
The little girl was critically injured when her father opened fire inside the Brooklyn Cracker Barrel last month. Kayla survived for several weeks at Metro before dying on May 15.More >>
Wednesday, May 16 2012 5:45 PM EDT2012-05-16 21:45:57 GMT
Funeral services have been announced for Cracker Barrel shooting victim Kayla Allen, 10. Allen died Tuesday afternoon, May 15, at her Aunt Michelle and Uncle Carl Jindra's home surrounded by family.More >>
Funeral services have been announced for the third Cracker Barrel shooting victim.More >>
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