Shooting spree kills at least 11 in Alabama

Some of the dead appeared to be randomly chosen, others were members of the alleged shooter's family.

March 10, 2009


A man went on a shooting spree in southern Alabama on Tuesday afternoon, killing at least 10. The gunman then turned his gun on himself. Included in those dead was a sheriff deputy's wife and child and members of the shooter's extended family.

The shooting spree spanned two towns, beginning in Samson, a town of 3,000 near the Florida border and ending at a manufacturing plant in Geneva. State police said the shooter killed six adults and one child in three different residences in Samson. Police said he then drove down Alabama State Highway 52 and killed a person at Samson Pipe and Supply along with another at a service station. Both businesses were located on Highway 52.

State police said the gunman ended up at Reliable Metal Products, a manufacturing plant in Geneva. Police said when the man entered the business, shots were heard and the gunman was found dead.

Police are also looking at additional shootings they believe may be related. The FBI is assisting state and local authorities in the investigation.


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