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    Shooting Rampage, Appomattox, VA

    State police have been swarming around a crime scene outside of Appomattox this afternoon where there are multiple fatalities, and where the suspect escaped then fired at, and apparently hit, a state police helicopter searching for him.
    http://www.nbc29.com/Global/story.asp?S=11848236

    ETA I need a mod to correct spelling of Appomattox in the title. Sorry.

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    US police have captured a suspect believed to be a lone gunman after "multiple fatalities" were confirmed by officials in central Virginia.
    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/wor...-1225821543172

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    <snip>

    At this point, we're not sure of the identities of the victims. Based off of multiple interviews we’ve done with neighbors, they say this was a family. We're also hearing a teenager may be among the victims. For now, police are trying to capture who they think is responsible. “He is currently subdued in the wooded area. He is surrounded. The residents in the area know what's going on. I believe they've contacted," Sgt. Thomas Molner said.

    more here

    http://www.wset.com/news/stories/0110/697477.html

    I can't find any updated news that says who the gunman is in custody.

    ETA: CNN tweet says State police spokesman in Virginia won't confirm or deny whether there are 7 dead in Appomattox shootings. Suspect not in custody about 2 hours ago
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    Thanks, TM. Looks like that news report that the suspect was captured was premature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texas Mist View Post
    <snip>

    At this point, we're not sure of the identities of the victims. Based off of multiple interviews we’ve done with neighbors, they say this was a family. We're also hearing a teenager may be among the victims. For now, police are trying to capture who they think is responsible. “He is currently subdued in the wooded area. He is surrounded. The residents in the area know what's going on. I believe they've contacted," Sgt. Thomas Molner said.

    more here

    http://www.wset.com/news/stories/0110/697477.html

    I can't find any updated news that says who the gunman is in custody.

    ETA: CNN tweet says State police spokesman in Virginia won't confirm or deny whether there are 7 dead in Appomattox shootings. Suspect not in custody about 2 hours ago
    This article was just updated at 8:20 pm and it states they have him surrouded in the woods so they must not have closed in yet and arrested him.

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    OMG! How horrible.

    UPDATE 9 p.m.: AP says eight killed in Appomattox shooting
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    what kind of moon phase are we in??? did the solar eclipse start all this madness??

    WTH?!!!
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    This is sad cant wait to find out more info... that is my hometown... I have family that live there....I pray for my town and all of the world!
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    We do not have a scanner feed for Appomattox Co., VA.

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    I have a friend that lives less than two miles from the site. I talked to him about 2 hours ago and he said he's heard sirens going down the road all afternoon and evening.

    I also saw a message from another friend that some of the killings actually occurred on Saturday, members of the suspects family.

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    So far this is the closest scanner link to Appamattox Co. Va that I could find. I have no idea if they are covering any of the search. If I find another link I'll post but if anyone knows of a link please post it!!

    http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?feedId=3308


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    More info about suspect

    One comment at this link reveals more about the suspect.

    http://www2.wsls.com/sls/news/local/...omattox/75735/

    snip "has extensive tactical training, and lots of weaponry."

    Also concealed weapons permit according to VA Court Case web site. Looks like he slipped through the cracks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redmeli View Post
    One comment at this link reveals more about the suspect.

    http://www2.wsls.com/sls/news/local/...omattox/75735/

    snip "has extensive tactical training, and lots of weaponry."

    Also concealed weapons permit according to VA Court Case web site. Looks like he slipped through the cracks.
    I heard he worked as a security guard.

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    Makes sense

    I heard he worked as a security guard.
    Yes, that could explain a few things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by redmeli View Post
    One comment at this link reveals more about the suspect.

    http://www2.wsls.com/sls/news/local/...omattox/75735/

    snip "has extensive tactical training, and lots of weaponry."

    Also concealed weapons permit according to VA Court Case web site. Looks like he slipped through the cracks.
    from your link

    Appomattox County supervisor Sam Carter said among the dead were Christopher Speight’s wife and son, as well as another teenage boy.


    These azzholes just have to kill their wife & kids & anybody else around. I don't get this!
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    John Hummel of Kennedale, TX killed his pregnant wife, five year old daughter, and father-in-law and set their house on fire last month. Hummel was also a security guard.

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    I live in Appomattox and as of 20 mins ago, they still have not apprehended the suspect. They keep saying they have reason to believe he is still alive at this point. I live about 6 -7 miles from that area and we can hear the helicopters, we think we are hearing 2 and every now and then we are hearing multiple gunfire going off. The area of woods they are talking about is a pretty big area, and he knows these woods very well. He is an advid hunter and hunts these woods. Also, there are have been so many rumors flying around, it's really hard to seperate the rumors from fact. Most everyone around here are saying he is ex military (green beret). I work at a local greenhouse/nursery and this man and his family are customers of ours. We personally don't know anything personal about him or his family other than they including him were always very nice to deal with. Also, some of the people who know him well, are saying they don't think he will allow authorities to take him alive. Also earlier today, our rescue squad who were called to respond to one of the victims had to turn around because they were shot at and received a number of bullets holes to the squad...thank God no one in the squad were hit, but it did keep rescue personel from going in and getting to the victims early on. I hope they get him tonite, what a horrible thing to happen. I will never understand what makes people snap like that...this is one of those guys that you just wouldn't think would be capable of something like this, it's crazy.

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    Police in Virginia today arrested a man who they believe shot and killed eight people.
    Officers stopped Christopher Speight, 39, at a roadblock in a wood near the town of Appomattox where he was thought to have hidden overnight.



    http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standa...illed-eight.do

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    UPDATE 5:40 a.m.

    APPOMATTOX — County schools here are closed this morning as law enforcement authorities prepare to make a more aggressive approach in the breaking daylight hours in the hunt for a suspected gunman in a multiple killing.

    All four county schools are closed, Appomattox County Sheriff Wilson Staples said in a 5 a.m. news conference.

    The suspect, Christopher B. Speight, 39, of Appomattox, is still on the loose. Eight people have been con firmed dead in the incident near Spout Spring.

    Virginia State Police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said Wednesday morning that authorities still believe they have Speight cornered in an area about two miles wide by 1,000 feet deep near where the shootings happened Tuesday. They have made no contact with Speight, who is believed to be armed with a high-powered rifle, Geller said.

    Local, state and federal authorities are preparing to more aggressively pursue the suspect, Geller said.
    http://www2.newsadvance.com/lna/news...ncident/23294/

    Comment from comment section of above article
    Posted by rnkfarlow on January 20, 2010 at 12:25 am
    First off, the guy with the gun in his hand is dyslexic, kinda hard for him to read. I used to work with him. He was always unbalanced, and extremely paranoid, especially of the government. You know the story. Unfortunately, something pushed him over the edge, and he’s extremely well armed, and has the knowledge of how to handle himself in tactical situations.
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    GGRRRRR - And Fox and Friends had stated just a couple of minutes ago that the gunman had not been captured yet and the area schools would be closed today!

    So, was he captured or not?
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    Thanks, wadahoot. We posted at exactly the same time!
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    Another tidbit of info from comments section

    http://cfc.wset.com/forums/viewmessa...row=11&erow=20

    Snipped from comment section:

    he has a bunker behind his house has anyone checked that? he is my friend but dear god let it end peacefully!
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