Eight killed in Appomattox, Virginia shooting

8:19 AM, Jan 20, 2010   |    comments
From CNN - Appomattox, VA
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APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP)-  Virginia State Police say a suspect in the shooting deaths of eight people at a rural home has surrendered without incident.

Sgt. Thomas Molnar says 39-year-old Christopher Speight approached officers at the crime scene at about 7:10 a.m. Wednesday and turned himself in.

Molnar says Speight was being taken to an undisclosed location to be interviewed. Charges are pending.

(AP) A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation tells The Associated Press that eight people have been killed in shootings in central Virginia. The official asked for anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about the investigation.

State police say there were multiple deaths and injuries Tuesday and that a lone shooter was responsible. They say more than 100 law enforcement officials had the suspect circled in woods where they believe he is hiding.

Police could not say what sparked the violence.

State police say the gunman also fired at a state police helicopter, which had to land with a ruptured fuel tank after one or more rounds struck it.

From the Associated Press

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