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10 die in bloody rampage.

A GUNMAN went on the rampage in the United States killing 10 people including members of his own family, before fatally shooting himself.

At least four other people, including a child, were injured in the shootings which took place across two Alabama counties.

The man burned down his mother's home, killed his grandparents, an uncle and aunt, and shot at apparent strangers on their porches as he drove by, authorities said.

He then turned the gun on himself at a metals plant.

Frankie Lindsay, chief of police in Geneva County where five people were shot dead, said the man also fired at officers as they chased his vehicle in patrol cars.

He said: "We had set up a road block here in Geneva anticipating him coming down Highway 52 ... my vehicle rammed into the suspect's vehicle and slowed him down enough and he pulled out what looked to me like an AR-15 or M-16 automatic weapon and fired a burst of rounds into my vehicle and my other officer's vehicle.

Some of the shrapnel from the bullets entered my shoulder."

He said the wife and child of a deputy sheriff in Geneva were among the dead.

"This is probably the worst incident in the state of Alabama that I know of.

I've been in this business for 33 years and this is the worst I've ever seen."

The afternoon of bloodshed began in Kinston, near the Alabama-Florida border, where the man burned down his mother's house.

Officials found the woman's body inside the house, but were unable to get inside the still-burning house to determine if he shot her first.

The gunman then headed east, into Geneva County, where he shot and killed four adults and a child at a home in the nearby town of Samson.

Then he killed one person each in two other homes.

The identities of all the victims were unknown, but the Coffee County coroner Robert Preachers said they included other members of the gunman's family.


IN SHOCK: relatives
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Mar 12, 2009
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