Video: Moscow Mourns as Investigation Continues Into Shooting Spree


  • Whitman County (Wash.) Sheriff's Office
Candles were raised to the air and heads bowed in sorrow Sunday night as the community of Moscow, Idaho, tried to come to grips with a rapid-fire string of shootings that left three dead, another fighting for his life and a lone gunman behind bars accused of the tragedy.

Moscow's First United Methodist Church was packed with hundreds of community members looking for some solace in the shadow of the deaths of Terri Grzebielski, the adopted mother of the alleged gunman, Belinda Niebuhr and David Trail. Michael Chin, a fourth shooting victim was in intensive care with gunshot wounds to the arm and leg.

This morning's Lewiston Tribune reports that Moscow Mayor Bill Labert told the gathering that earlier in the day an older woman had put her hand on his arm and said, "It will be OK. It will be OK. And violence will pass."

Meanwhile, 29-year-old John Lee sits at the Whitman County Jail in Colfax, Wash., after leading law enforcement on a high-speed chase in the wake of the Jan. 10 shootings, which took place at three locations, Lee's home, an Arby's restaurant and at the offices of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance.  Police said Lee had as many as five guns in his car—two semi-automatic handguns, a revolver, a shotgun and a rifle.

Trail was the brother of former Idaho GOP Rep. Tom Trail, who served Moscow in the Idaho House of Representatives for 16 years.

KHQ-TV reports that friends and co-workers of Niebuhr have started a memorial for her on the side of the Arby's restaurant in Moscow. The sign outside the closed restaurant reads: "Belinda Forever Remembered."

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