Va. Cops Corner Killer in Woods
8 dead after gunman rampage
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Jan 20, 2010 1:47 AM CST
Christopher Speight, 39, who is being sought in connections with the fatal shootings of eight people in Appomattox, Va.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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(Newser) – Some 100 Virginia police have converged on a heavily wooded area to surround a gunman suspected of killing 8 people. Christopher Speight, 39, nearly shot down a pursuing police helicopter when one of his bullets ruptured the fuel tank. The police hunt was triggered after officers discovered 7 men and women dead at an Appomattox home. Another victim found on a nearby street died a short time later. Police wouldn't speculate about a motive. Speight lived on the street where the killings occurred, possibly in the same house, reports AP.