CLEVELAND -- An Air Force veteran who was told to move out of a homeless shelter attacked and killed the center's director on Wednesday before being fatally shot by police.
Officers said that when they arrived at the homeless shelter,
they saw veteran Raymond Ice standing over director Rita Ciofani
with a knife and ax in his hands.
Ciofani, 59, and Ice, 48, were both killed, said Dennis Kresak,
president of the Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio, which runs
"I believe she was sitting at her desk," Kresak said. "He
entered her room, which is not uncommon - residents coming down,
talking to the director."
Ice had signed out of the center at about 8:30 a.m. and returned
about half an hour later, Kresak said. Police were called to the
center at about 9:30 a.m.
"I'm not sure whether or not he had a weapon on him at the time
he came in," Kresak said.
Ice was being transferred to a veterans' hospital, Kresak said.
"He was being released from the program," Kresak said. "He
had plenty of notice. If somebody has to leave the program, we give
them enough notification to get their belongings together and those
kinds of things."
Kresak did not know whether Ice had exhibited any aggressive
behavior before the attack but said there had never been a violent
incident at the center.
The shelter, which houses about 50 male veterans, provides
temporary food and housing until veterans can find a permanent
place to live and stable employment.
Most veterans only stay about
a year, Kresak said.