Ten killed in US shooting spree

March 11th, 2009 - 2:25 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, March 11 (DPA) A gunman killed at least nine people in a shooting spree in the US state of Alabama before taking his own life, the state’s department of public safety said.
The Tuesday spree in a mostly rural area involved shootings in at least four locations, a police statement said.

The gunman, who was described as carrying a semi-automatic weapon, is believed to have acted alone.

The first gunfire was reported late Tuesday in the town of Samson, where a total of six adults and a child were found shot to death inside three houses.

After leaving the town, the gunman is believed to have opened fire on an Alabama state trooper on a highway. The trooper suffered minor injuries from broken glass and his squad car was struck by seven bullets.

Two more victims were shot to death along the same highway, one at a business and the second at a petrol filling station.

Outside the nearby town of Geneva, the gunman is suspected of unleashing 30 rounds at a metal manufacturing company with police in pursuit. The Geneva police chief was wounded.

The suspect entered the small factory, and police followed after hearing more gunfire to find the body of the gunman with an apparent self-inflicted bullet wound.

Authorities were investigating a possible related arson at a house in another part of southern Alabama, where the body of a potential 10th victim was found. Several people were wounded in the shooting spree.

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