Mont. Hospital Parking Lot Shooter ID'd as Recluse


 
 

Matthew Brown | | Friday, January 23, 2009


BILLINGS, Mont. -- A man who opened fire in a hospital parking lot, killing a medic and wounding two people who came to her aid, was identified Thursday as a recluse with no known connections to his victims.

Roger Lynn Sellers, 42, died six hours after the shooting Saturday during a gun battle with law enforcement officers on the outskirts of town. Exactly how Sellers died has not been revealed.

"At this time, we have uncovered no motive for the shootings, and no connection between the suspect and his victims at the hospital has been established," Glasgow police Chief Lynn Erickson said.

Melissa Greenhagen, 37, was killed with a single shot to the chest. She was an emergency medical technician at Frances Mahon Deaconess Hospital. A nurse and her husband were wounded while attempting to help Greenhagen.

It was the first homicide in at least 15 years in Glasgow, a largely agricultural community of 3,500 people about 50 miles south of the Canadian border.

Sellers had lived in Glasgow since 2005, said Samar Fay, editor of the Glasgow Courier and spokeswoman for the Valley County Sheriff's Office. She said Sellers, a Salt Lake City native, was an unemployed recluse with no known associates in town.

His neighbor, Grace Fullerton, said she hadn't talked to him once since he moved in with a pair of large dogs several years ago. She said he owned a van with Wyoming plates, but had not driven it for at least a year and did not appear to have a job.

"He stayed in the house with the shades pulled all the time," said Fullerton, 83. "I never did see anybody else over there, except he would have those great big dogs. All the neighbors I talked to, they don't know who he is."

Investigators identified Sellers on Tuesday through a fingerprint analysis, but had withheld his name pending notification of family members. Seller's body has since been cremated.

Attempts to reach relatives of Sellers were not immediately successful.

Hospital chief executive Randy Holom later described the attack as a "sniper" shooting. Another hospital official, emergency medical services director Clay Berger, said police engaged Sellers in a gun battle on the hospital grounds before he escaped on foot.

Searchers following a trail of blood tracked him to a house on the outskirts of town, where a second gun battle ensued. Sellers died there, in what Erickson called an "officer-involved shooting."

The circumstances surrounding Sellers' death would be the subject of a coroner's inquest, Fay said.




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