A gunman went on a shooting spree in two neighboring south Alabama towns today, killing nine people before he shot himself, authorities said. Police are investigating at least four separate shootings in the towns of Samson and Geneva, all believed to have been done by the same man, whose name was not released. No motive is known.
The shootings began late in the afternoon in Samson. The shooter killed five people in one home and one each in two other homes. He also shot at a state trooper's car, wounding the trooper with broken glass. He then killed someone at a supply store and another person at a service station. Police pursued the gunman to a metals plant where he fired an estimated 30 rounds before going inside and killing himself.