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at RM. 10:45 11:41 11:02 11:58 yesterday. (1896) Wesffie mm plains 4 Merchants near shooting site said police handled situation expertly. By BERNICE PAGLIA and TONY SCLAFANI Staff Writers WESTFIELD Residents were still talking Thursday about the shooting shooting that paralyzed their neighborhood a day earlier. At Williams Lamps across the . street from "We were stick Christopher Hon- Hon- here the Whole rath's apartment, fae wehad employee Amy . Williams said she tO Stay dOWTI. heard screams We didn't have Wednesday after- after- lAniM noon. ' ,u , "I didn't know waSgOOrgOn. what it was at Jackie. Dohorty, first," she said employee. Thursday. Williams lamps Then she heard two gunshots. Honrath had shot his ex-girlfriend ex-girlfriend ex-girlfriend and turned the gun on himself. Westfield police quickly evacuated residents and warned merchants to close up, lamp store employee Jackie Doherty said. "We were stuck here the whole time we had to stay down. We didn't have any idea what was going on," she said. But Doherty praised Westfield police police for their actions. "They did a fantastic job. They were on guard the whole time," she said. A crowd of about six people swelled to 30 or more around the crime scene, owner Will Fiore said at The Old Toy Store. He also locked up, but left by the back door Wednesday. Honrath, tenant Gary Powell and an unidentified woman each had a bedroom upstairs in the apartment at 756 Central Ave., sharing common space downstairs, said Westfield Police Lt. Frank Brunelle on Thursday. Thursday. Neither tenant was home Thursday. But Brunelle said Powell was home when Honrath arrived with Sohayla Massachi on Wednesday. "He heard the argument," Brunelle said. When Powell went to help the woman, woman, Honrath slammed his door, Brunelle said. As police arrived, they told Powell to get out. Police were still removing evidence from the apartment Thursday. On the lamp store lawn across the street, five small stone angels faced the duplex, four with their hands clasped in prayer. Shoot From page A-l A-l A-l Brunelle said. "The delay was caused by the security guard not making the phone call." Mike McMahon, director of public safety at Seton Hall University, said he was unaware of any alleged abduction by Honrath outside the college's grounds. "I'm not familiar with anything you're talking about," he said Thursday. "I'm not familiar with that." McMahon, who read about the shooting shooting Thursday, said neither police nor school officials have contacted him in reference to Massachi and have not discussed discussed the actions of the officer in question question with him. "They have not," he said. Seton Hall University public information information officials refused to comment. They would only confirm that Massachi was a student at the university, and was three credits shy of graduating. Honrath who was convicted of stalking a teen-age teen-age teen-age girl in 1994 grabbed Massachi, 23, as she left the campus, where she was both a university university student and a student teacher at Summit Middle School. The 6-foot-tall, 6-foot-tall, 6-foot-tall, 6-foot-tall, 6-foot-tall, 300-pound 300-pound 300-pound man used the necktie to drag her into his black Plymouth Laser, but apparently just used a headhold to restrain her on the drive to Westfield, authorities said. Massachi, who had been planning to go to court Thursday to get a temporary temporary restraining order against Honrath permanent was in fair condition at University Hospital in Newark. She lives on Creston Avenue in Union Township, Township, police said. Honrath was employed as a cook with Sunrise Of Westfield, an assisted-living assisted-living assisted-living facility, from June 30, 1999, to Feb 4, 2000, Executive Director Kathy Jean Pinchuk said Thursday. I Honrath and Massachi met online and dated for about a year, Brunblle said. The dead man's computer Was removed Thursday for investigation by a special high-tech high-tech high-tech section of the Union County Prosecutor's Office's Special Prosecutions unit. In 1994, Honrath was convicted of harassment and stalking a 15-year-old 15-year-old 15-year-old 15-year-old 15-year-old victim in Roselle Park, Brunelle said. Maria Martino, 20, of North Caldwell, Caldwell, Essex County, a sophomore student student at the South Orange campus of Seton Hall, said she feels sorry for the pain the Massachi family must be enduring. She said school security officers are not seen patrolling much around the outskirts of the campus.