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Driver Kills Ohio Prankster

September 03, 2003|From Associated Press

MOUNT HOPE, Ohio — A driver fired a shotgun into a cornfield and killed a man after being tormented by a group of young Amish pranksters who pelted his car with tomatoes, authorities said Tuesday.

Steven L. Keim, 23, was with about 10 other members of the Amish community, ages 15 to 23, who were hiding in the field Monday night, throwing tomatoes and firing paintball guns at passing cars, the Holmes County Sheriff's Office said.

After driving past several times and being pelted on each occasion, the driver stopped and challenged the group to throw more tomatoes, then fired three to five shots into the field, striking Keim multiple times. No suspect had been arrested Tuesday.

Rural Holmes County has what is believed to be the world's largest Amish population.

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