Manhunt on for lone gunman who killed eight in Virginia

January 20, 2010

(ChattahBox) – Eight people, all reportedly adult men and women, were killed in central Virginia, with seven of the bodies found in one home according to police. An eighth victim found barely alive on the side of a road and died on the way to the hospital, apparently led police to Christopher Speight, 39, who is believed to be the lone gunman and has fled to the woods. Police refused to speculate on a motive and would not say what type of weapon was used. A manhunt involving more than 100 police and helicopters with thermal imaging was under way today in a woodland in Appomattox County, about 160 km southwest of the state capital, Richmond.  Speight is believed to have fired at a Virginia State Police helicopter, causing a fuel leak that forced the chopper to land.  Lieutenant Craig C. Worsham, with the State Police, said the suspect is believed to have a strong knowledge of the woods and terrain where he is hiding. There are unofficial reports that police believe they have Speight surrounded in an area of the woodlands. As to the motive, County Board of Supervisors’ vice chairman, Samuel E Carter, via the Hearald Sun said he understood that a man had “shot and killed his wife and his son” during a domestic dispute.


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