Police: Man killed wife outside NW Indiana school

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2014 at 3:50 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014

GRIFFITH, Ind. (AP) — A man fatally shot his estranged wife in the parking lot of a parochial school in northwestern Indiana and later killed himself at his home after a police officer confronted him, police said.

Officers responding to a report of shots fired outside St. Mary's Catholic School about 4:30 p.m. Monday found Nina Castro, 42, lying in the parking lot with a gunshot wound, Griffith Police Chief Greg Mance said.

She and her 16-year-old daughter had been collecting her 14-year-old son from an after-school program, Mance said. The teenagers witnessed the shooting, he said.

Remanard Castro, 55, fled the scene on a motorcycle and headed to his home in the neighboring city of Gary, Mance said.

Gary Police Chief Wade Ingram said an officer found Castro with a handgun in the garage of the house and ordered him to drop the weapon, but Castro shot himself.

The Rev. Theodore Mens, pastor of St. Mary's, said Castro's son helped with the after-school religious program and that the daughter, who used to attend the school, is now a sophomore at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond.