Alabama shooting spree suspect kills 10 and self

March 11, 2009

A gunman on a terrifying rampage killed at least 10 people in a small town  including members of his own family and one more elsewhere in the worst mass homicide in Alabama history, police said.

The man identified by police as Michael McLendon killed himself after being confronted by police after wounding a sheriff’s deputy. In the spree McLendon armed with an assault weapon burned down his mother’s house around her, shot his grandparents, aunt and uncle dead, then killed five other people Tuesday.

Nine of the dead were in Samson, a town of about 2,000 people a few miles north of the Florida Panhandle. They included the wife and child of a sheriff’s deputy.

The tenth was in Kinston, an even smaller town about 10 miles northeast of Samson.

Many of the dead were in one house in Samson.

As he fled east along Route 52, a highway that roughly parallels the state line, McClendon fired randomly at people as his maroon Mitsubishi Eclipse. Police officers tried to stop him, rear-ending his car. He shot and wounded Geneva Police Chief Frankie Lindsey, who was saved by his bulletproof vest.

The man took his own life in the parking lot of Reliable Products in Geneva after firing at police. Authorities gave no motive for the rampage at this time.


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