March 10th, 2009
10:13 PM ET

At least 10 dead in two-town Alabama shooting spree

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/03/10/shooting.alabama/art.ambulance.samson.wdhn.jpg caption="An ambulance rushes to the scene of a multiple shooting in Samson, Alabama, on Tuesday afternoon."]

At least 10 people were killed Tuesday in a shooting spree that spanned two small southern Alabama towns, state officials confirmed. The gunman, and the wife and child of a sheriff's deputy were among those killed.

1 of 3 The shooting started in a neighborhood in Samson, a town of about 3,000 about 15 miles north of the Florida border, just after 4 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) and ended 12 miles away at a manufacturing plant in Geneva, said Alabama state Sen. Harri Anne Smith, who represents Geneva County.

"He was shooting at just ordinary people going about their business," Smith told CNN, saying she had been briefed by state and local law enforcement.

The gunman was killed at the plant, though it remained unclear whether he shot himself or was shot by someone else.

Smith said the wife and child of a Geneva County sheriff's deputy were killed in the shooting spree.


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  1. sammy

    This is very sad that he killed his family, innocent people, and himself. However i can't say i agree that it was "planned". The psychologist said he couldn't have just snapped... but people don't realize that some people just put up with so much and take so much crap from people that one day he could have decided that he had had enough! not to say that he was right but... honestly who knows his story to know if he snapped or it was planned??

    March 12, 2009 at 1:23 am |
  2. mel in dc

    very sad and tragic indeed

    March 10, 2009 at 10:42 pm |
  3. Annie Kate

    The shooting is terrible – someone said it was over a lost job – there may be more that react that way. Such a tragedy. I hope they figure out why and that there aren't as many hurt and dead as they think now.

    March 10, 2009 at 10:26 pm |