Man shouts “The will of Allah. This is the will of God” when gunning down his father at church

STAR BEACON – Children screamed in terror and hid under the pews at Hiawatha Church of God in Christ on Sunday, witnesses said, as an Ashtabula man was shot and killed by his son just after the Easter service.

Richard Riddle, 52, was leaving the church on Hiawatha Street with his wife at about 1 p.m. when his son, 25-year-old Reshad Riddle, approached him and fired a single round from a handgun, instantly killing Richard, church associate pastor Sean Adams said.

About 150 parishioners were leaving the church in recessional. They ducked down at the sound of the gunshot, pushing their children and grandchildren under the pews as Reshad Riddle entered the church, still carrying the gun and yelling that the shooting was “the will of Allah. This is the will of God,” Adams said.

“It was terrifying,” Adams said. “The children were screaming and people were dialing 911. We were afraid to breathe.”

Reshad Riddle was quickly subdued by officers, who arrived just moments after the shooting, Adams said.

Ashtabula Police Chief Robert Stell said dispatchers received multiple calls from inside the church and immediately called law enforcement mutual aid from every available agency to the scene.

Stell said Reshad Riddle has offered no motive for the shooting.

“Witnesses at the scene said the shooter entered church and made some references to Allah, but we are not sure if that was a motive or if there was a family problem, Stell said. “We have no motive confirmed with family members. There is no indication that the father and son had a bad relationship. Everyone thinks this was very surprising.”


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59 thoughts on “Man shouts “The will of Allah. This is the will of God” when gunning down his father at church

  1. Islam is the only religion that has core texts that mandates and preachers that teach hate, racism, misogyny, intolerance, injustice, domination, forced conversion, cruel violence, that allows lies, slavery, rape, pedophilia, bestiality and even necrophilia.

  2. Wow. Even Fox didn’t even refer to this part of the story. The whitewashing of Islam continues.

  3. “…the shooter entered church and made some references to Allah, but we are
    not sure if that was a motive or if there was a family problem, Stell
    It seems that whoever the media is or even the police- like this Police Chief Stell… they just CANNOT help
    themselves.  They just HAVE TO ensure that they are fair and balanced
    and that they don’t want to… what’s that phrase Obama used again… Oh
    That’s why the word ALLAH can be screamed during a shooting,
    but yet it’s inferred that it may be a “family problem” or “workplace
    violence” like at Fort Hood.  Next time, the shooter should came running into
    the church yelling “FAMILY PROBLEM!” Then the police and media will be sure to infer that Islam is the motivation. It’s only logical after all!

        1. WolfieUSA Las1  One of the links kept going back to Scoops’s post and not the YouTube clip… but is seems ok now.  Anyway… GW claiming Islam as a religion of peace… seems like yesterday… sigh… those were the days. [sarc. now off]

      1. Las1 G. Bush had no earthly, or otherworldly, idea what he was talking about in that video. Everything he said about Islam is a bold-faced lie.

        1. Rshill7 Las1  but he sure sounded convincing…  It’s also worth a reminder that he was responsible for bringing all those muslim criminals into the White House with the gentle and loving help of Grover (freakin’ traitor) Norquist.

    1. Laurel A It’s a mistransliteration from the arabic. It’s actually, “the religion of pieces”. 
      As in thousands of tiny…

    2. Laurel A I hear how Islam is a religion of peace, I hear that with most religions, yet the most divisive segment in society is religion, and all of them have such vile histories of violence and intolerance that such claims make non-religious folks laugh in disgust.  The most heavily armed nations are Christians and they sell to the Muslim nations.  Christians have this self imposed blindness about their own crimes and they revile the crimes of others.  Are we the most violent Cristian nation on earth?

      1. NoTrustInMen Laurel A Save your pseudo intellectualism pablum for someone else that just might appreciate it. Christianity has done far more good than bad. Learn some world history and what context is before you waste my time with blatant stupidity. BTW…those morals that you are espousing are Christian tenets so you don’t even know where you came from but you sure will purport where the world is going. I have no use for your hubris. I am intolerant of your tolerance.
        And in answer to your last question…NO we aren’t.
        Islam is the religion of peace…but Islam doesn’t define peace in a Christian or Western sense. It never has. In Islam ‘peace’ means to ‘submit’.

        1. Laurel A NoTrustInMen  Islam will be at peace when all the world is islamic, George failed to mention that when he said is-lam  is the religion of peace.

  4. I wonder if this will be treated as a hate crime against Christians? After all, it seems like Christians, even his own father, wasn’t really at the top of Reshad Riddle’s “like” list. Oh, sorry, this is Eric Holder we’re talking about. Never mind.

  5. Some of us in this forum (as I) have been trained to kill  But, only the bad guys. Allah is satan. .

  6. As Christians we offer Life in Jesus Christ to the non-believer.
    Muslims offer (forced at that) death to the non-believer.
    There is no viable second choice people. Jesus Christ is the Way,the Truth and the Life, PERIOD.

  7. What do you want to bet that the left spins this as another gun control story – never mind the fact that “Allah” was mentioned? The question is rhetorical. Of course they’ll spin it.
    A gun killed this man but the left will casually forget to mention the (Muslim?) nut job behind the trigger.

    1. The Sentinel  Just more fuel for the fire, to take restrict the 2nd amendment!  If the son couldn’t get a gun then chances are he wouldn’t have been forced to shout alakbar and shoot his father.

  8. “the will of Allah. This is the will of God,” Adams said.
    Sorry!  WRONG!  Allah is NOT God!  At least not the Christian God who made the Heaven’s and the Earth and all Creation!   Sorry for the triple rant today folks, but this issue really riles me up and I keep thinking of things to add after my  edit window closes.  I’ll make this the last rant in this thread though.  🙂

    1. WolfieUSA I only saw this story on yahoo yesterday. Not one mention of “allah”, aka, satan was mentioned.
      P/S, rant all you like, it may be not long before we lose that freedom as well. Take advantage! 🙂

      1. badbadlibs WolfieUSA 
        Too right our rights could be taken away by fiat at any time.  If they take away our internet we’ll have to resort to smoke signals…  🙂

  9. This will be buried in the MSM… Now of course if the shooter was a “Christian” and the father was a “devout Muslim” and the shooting was in a Mosque…  It would be wall to wall on the news for a week and all over the international news as well.   Obama would be holding a a special “Respect for Islam” convention, and the Christian Right would be vilified as the very personification of Satan himself!

  10. Religious hate crime!  Wait… What?  it was a cold blooded murder done in the name of Allah? Oh, that’s different, now it’s just a “family misunderstanding and tragedy”  The religion of ripping life, soul, hope and people into pieces strikes again.

  11. Weird. That would also be the will of Lucifer wouldn’t it? Is Lucifer one of Allah’s aliases? What are some others? Beelzebub, Abaddon, Satan, The Devil, Baal…
    What the heck is he using the word God for? Allah is not God. Allah is a demonic piece of camel dung.

    1. Rshill7  I agree ! 
      p.s.  I was just picturing a demonically possessed piece of Camel dung. ;0

    2. Rshill7 I have been saying the same thing…  Allah is just the newest name Satan is using…..

  12. Murder people for no reason, behead infidels, persecute Christians…….when will people wake up and see Islam is NOT a religion of peace but of violence and it is a scourge on humanity? Never mind, I’ll answer my own question; with Obama as president NEVER!

  13. Don’t worry it was just ‘workplace violence’ like Obama called the terrorist attack at Ft. Hood.
    😉 😉

    1. And denied purple hearts because it could hurt the muslime’s murder trial.  I wish someone would have landed a shot in the muslime’s face, taken him our and saved us the costs and publicity.

      1. OneThinDime 
        You’re not the only one. You notice we are still screwing around with this slime ball’s trial.
        This “Soldier of Allah” didn’t have any problems shaving while he was collecting a government pay check but now all of a sudden, it’s his ‘religious right’ not to shave even though he’s (technically) still a soldier? I’d like to know how much tax payer money the ‘law pimps’ defending him have made off this fiasco so far.

        1. I heard that he is also still being paid while he sits in prison.  Gotta love this gov’t system.  By comparison, a father slashed the throats of his 3 daughters in July 2012 and is already on trial.

        2. OneThinDime 
          We all know that if he had been anything but a “Soldier of Allah”, he would have seen a firing squad by now.

  14. Religion of Peace strikes aagin !!!!!!! This will be buried if ALLAH was involved. Now Jesus Christ and would be headline news !!!!

    1. Longiron The shooting will be covered because it fits into the gun control movement but they will leave out that it was only 1 shot and that the son was yelling Allah.

      1. Then they’ll report that it was an AR-15, and 500 rounds were fired with one magazine killing 600 people. Then Pierce Morgan will have on a bunch of pro-gun people and argue with them based on these media lies. Then Ted Nugent and Alex Jones will say “suck on my machine gun” and “the answer to 1984 is 1776”. Then the NRA will call for strick federal registration and background checks, while Gun Owners of America says “no more laws”. Mass mailings will go out asking for money on both sides of the issue. The internet will buzz with gun this and gun that. Then the left will come out with a few new definitions of gun related terms and the right will use them as if they are valid. Obama will order up 2 billion more rounds of ammo for Homeland Security, and there will be no more supplies available to the public. Sheriffs all over the country will proclaim their alegiance to the second amendment……………….Oh, wait. That already happened.

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