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PostSubject: Another Shooting in Virginia   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 12:29 am

Lone gunman. Check. Multiple dead. Check. (RIP) Near Virginia Tech. Check. Here's a new twist, a copter getting shot down. Cops being targeted. Check. Going after guns and militant types. Soon. The media had they're shit together on this one. They must have got the email.

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Police says several fatalities in Virginia shooting

Posted: 20 January 2010 0802 hrs

Virginia State Police gather while searching for a man who is possibly connected with multiple fatalities

WASHINGTON: A shooting in Virginia on Tuesday caused "several fatalities," and a large contingent of law enforcement officials was still searching for the gunman, state police said.

Sergeant Thomas Molnar, a spokesman for the Virginia State police told AFP there had been "several fatalities that relate to a shooting that was in the area."

"There is just one male suspect," he added.

Authorities had yet to say how many people had been killed or wounded.

The incident unfolded around noon (1700 GMT) when a deputy from the Appomattox sheriff's office responded to a call about a man lying down beside a road.

"When the deputy arrived on scene, the deputy heard several gun shots and he in turn contacted his dispatch center and they dispatched several more of their deputies to the scene along with contacting the Virginia state police for assistance," Molnar said.

Local media reported that the suspect shot a police helicopter that was called to the scene, forcing it to land after its fuel line was hit by a bullet.

Six hours later, officers from the Appomattox sheriff's office, the Virginia state police and several other local county police departments were still searching for the suspect within a cordoned off perimeter.

"The perimeter has been established and we believe the suspect is within the quarantined area," Molnar said.

The Lynchburg News and Advance reported that more than 150 law enforcement personnel were involved in the search, while other police worked to notify the families of the victims.

There were no immediate details on the casualties or indication about the gunman's motive.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Shooting in Virginia   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 12:32 am

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Shooter Kills 8 in Virginia, Cops Circle Suspect l
Tuesday , January 19, 2010
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APPOMATTOX, Va. —
A lone shooter killed eight people in central Virginia, with seven bodies found at one home, police said Tuesday.

State police said officers had the suspect, Christopher Speight, 39, circled in the woods late Tuesday near the home and they believed he was still alive. The eighth shooting victim was found on the side of the road and died on the way to the hospital, police said. All the victims were adults and both men and women were killed, state police Sgt. Thomas Molnar said.

Police refused to speculate on a motive and would not say what type of weapon was used. Molnar also gave no background on the suspect.

The drama paralyzed the rural area as police swarmed forests trying to flush out the suspect who, at one point in the manhunt, fired at a state police helicopter, forcing it to land with a ruptured fuel tank. No police were injured after one or more rounds struck the helicopter.

Canine units and a National Guard helicopter with thermal imaging equipment were being used to search the woods.

"They are searching the area and will continue until the suspect is apprehended," Molnar said.

The violence began shortly after noon when the injured man was found on a rural stretch of road. A deputy who went to investigate fled after he heard gunshots, police spokeswoman Corrine Geller said.

"When the deputy arrived on the scene, that's when he heard several shots," Molnar said.

Police did not release the victims' names or the suspect's possible relationship to them.

Authorities told nearby residents to stay inside and a small Christian school was locked down until state police could escort about 60 children from the building.

Resident Bethel Hawkins said police warned families to lock their doors in an area with many senior citizens.

"We're just being cautious, keeping our doors locked, not going outside," said Hawkins, who lives about 2 miles up the road from where the shootings occurred. "Our church service is supposed to be tonight, but we talked with our pastor and told him we're not coming out. We're not going out in the dark not knowing what's out there. But we trust in the Lord to take care of us."

Appomattox is in a county of about 15,000 approximately 100 miles southwest of Richmond. It is best known as the place where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant to end the Civil War.


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PostSubject: Re: Another Shooting in Virginia   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 12:34 am

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By LARRY O'DELL, Associated Press Writer. Larry O'dell, Associated Press Writer. – 9 mins ago

APPOMATTOX, Va. – Police say a lone shooter killed eight people in central Virginia, with seven bodies found at one home.

State police say officers had the suspect, 39-year-old Christopher Speight of Appomattox circled in the woods late Tuesday near the home and that they believe he is still alive.

Police say the eighth shooting victim was found on the side of the road and died on the way to the hospital.

Police say all the victims in the Appomattox shootings were adults.

State police Sgt. Sgt. Thomas Molnar says both men and women were killed. Police refused to speculate on a motive.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

APPOMATTOX, Va. (AP) — Police say a lone shooter killed eight people in central Virginia, with seven bodies found at one home.

State police say officers had the suspect, 39-year-old Christopher Speight circled in the woods late Tuesday near the home and that they believe he is still alive.

Police say the eighth shooting victim was found on the side of the road and died on the way to the hospital.

Police say all the victims in the Appomattox shootings were adults.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Shooting in Virginia   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 12:37 am

Just in the past two weeks--

1-19-10
Eight dead in central Virginia

1-17-10
Five found shot to death in house in Buckhorn, southeast Texas

1-12-10
Workplace shooting in Kennesaw, GA 2 dead, 3 wounded

1-7-10
Power plant in St. Louis, MO 3 dead, 5 wounded

1-4-10
Las Vegas Federal Courthouse shooting, 2 dead 1 wounded
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PostSubject: Re: Another Shooting in Virginia   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 12:45 am

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PostSubject: Re: Another Shooting in Virginia   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 1:09 am

Damn, I haven't heard of any of these. I have not watched the MSM news in months, from getting too pissed off watching them spin and lie. I will not go so far as to say that these were mind control as I have not investigated any of them. I "believe" a lot of the senseless killings come just from the controlled chaos and misery that TPTB create. Im sure the TV, video games, music and every other avenue of violence that one runs into doesn't help and is mind control in an indirect way. Desperation, hopelessness, and basically no connection to anything causes much of this. I think a lot of people have become Nihilists/Relativists due to the social environment and education, that there is no truth therefor no stability.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Shooting in Virginia   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 1:13 am

ramallamamama wrote:
Lone gunman. Check. Multiple dead. Check. (RIP) Near Virginia Tech. Check. Here's a new twist, a copter getting shot down. Cops being targeted. Check. Going after guns and militant types. Soon. The media had they're shit together on this one. They must have got the email.
Wholly COINTEL OP, Batman!

It's ON, baby, they're pulling out all the stops now.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Shooting in Virginia   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 3:09 am

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ramallamamama wrote:
Lone gunman. Check. Multiple dead. Check. (RIP) Near Virginia Tech. Check. Here's a new twist, a copter getting shot down. Cops being targeted. Check. Going after guns and militant types. Soon. The media had they're shit together on this one. They must have got the email.
Wholly COINTEL OP, Batman!

It's ON, baby, they're pulling out all the stops now.

Methink so also.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Shooting in Virginia   Wed 20 Jan 2010, 3:26 am

The mind controlled Nihilists have been released. I knew this was coming.
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PostSubject: Re: Another Shooting in Virginia   Sun 24 Jan 2010, 10:00 pm

Hmmm... Going after the preparedness crowd.

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Friends, family seek clues into Appomattox tragedy

BILL MCKELWAY AND REED WILLIAMS TIMES-DISPATCH STAFF WRITERS

CONCORD -- Only 5 miles of rolling Piedmont Virginia highways separate one of Christopher Bryan Speight's first run-ins with authority and the discovery of a murderous rampage that took the lives of eight people last week on Snapps Mill Road.

Over the course of the intervening 22 years, something changed.

"What happened has to point to some dramatic mental difficulty that metamorphosed into something terrible, just built and built and then exploded," said Rob Pearson, who hired Speight some 15 years ago to keep the bar stocked at Charley's, his Lynchburg restaurant.

Speight is charged in one of the slayings and is under investigation in the seven others.

In 1988, Speight, then a teenager, lived with his sister and thrice-divorced mother in a two-bedroom, $300-a-month apartment in Concord, a tiny village on the edge of U.S. 460 on the line between Campbell and Appomattox counties.

"I have a memory of him even back then that I had to get on him about shooting a BB gun from inside the building," recalled landlord James Carson.

Reached last week, Carson said he'd all but forgotten Speight and the incident. He hadn't realized that the young man was the same person whose picture had appeared on front pages across the country. "I can't believe it," Carson blurted during a telephone conversation when he made the connection.

Speight's mother, then known as Susan Gramelt, was a beloved teacher at Appomattox Middle School for 17 years. She was originally from Allentown, Pa.

Speight was born seven months after his mother married a man named Peter Bryan Speight in August 1969 in Norfolk. He was 32; she was 23.

Peter Speight, an Alaska native, left the family after his daughter, Lauralee, was born, and was never heard from again.

"He just disappeared off the face of the earth," said Susan Gramelt's brother, Thomas Giglio, 61, a building contractor in South Boston.

Pearson, the restaurant owner, remembers how Speight, a quiet young man preoccupied with weapons and government conspiracies, would bring a BB rifle to work to gun down helium balloons bobbing around the eatery's 30-foot-high ceiling after parties.

"Chris was different," Pearson said, stressing there was nothing imminently dangerous about his personality years ago. But he said Speight seemed to harbor some inner, menacing voice.

"When I picked up the paper and saw his picture, I have to say I wasn't surprised."

. . .

Speight, 39, nurtured a fondness for weapons early on. When he lived in Centerburg, Ohio, with his mother, sister and stepfather, he passed a hunter-education course at age 12.

Seven years later, he passed National Rifle Association courses in firearms safety and marksmanship.

In February 1995, he sought a concealed-weapons permit, writing: "I am a dependable, hardworking person, not quick to anger, and find ways to get out of problems without using force or violence.

"For many years my hobby has been fire arms and I take seriously the responsibility of handling them."

Speight, at the time, sought the permit because he expected to be doing security work for Pearson and would be handling large amounts of cash at night, according to Pearson.

In retrospect, Speight's declaration from 15 years ago seems almost a masquerade specifically designed to disguise the likelihood of the unfathomable rampage that would befall the eight victims Tuesday.

Among the victims was his younger sister, Lauralee Sipe, a woman who adored him.

"They were inseparable," said Giglio, the uncle. "You saw Lauralee, you might as well be looking at Chris." They were tow-headed, spindly kids roaring with energy and toothy grins, he said.

"Every summer when school stopped, Chris would take the bus down from Ohio and come stay with us and work on the [construction] jobs with me."

Giglio had no children, and the two youngsters, who were without a father most of their lives, bonded with him and his wife.

. . .

If there were signs of ruin to come, they were muttered and mute.

In December 2006, Susan G. Gramelt died at just 61 years of age.

"When his mother died, it was a terrible loss to Chris," his uncle said. "He went into a very depressed state. He took it very hard."

Lauralee Sipe was living in Marietta, Ga., and Speight moved in with her and her family.

At one point, Speight ran off and the Sipes feared he'd had a mental breakdown, Henry Devening, a Lynchburg lawyer who handled some of the family's legal work, told the Richmond Times-Dispatch last week.

Whether Speight was committed or detained because of his mental condition is not clear. "The only people who can answer that question are dead," Giglio said. "What really happened was known only to Lauralee and her husband," he said, referring to Dwayne Sipe, who was among the dead at the house on Snapps Mill Road.

On concealed-weapons applications from 1996 through 2009, Speight said he had never been hospitalized for a mental condition.

The applications included letters supporting him and even a certificate from the Liberty University Police Department noting that Speight had completed a handgun-training course. It was signed by current Police Chief Richard Hinkley.

A circuit judge and Appomattox County Commonwealth's Attorney Darrel W. Puckett, now prosecuting Speight, also signed off on the permits.

In interviews with Times-Dispatch reporters last week, however, employers said Speight had become increasingly troubled by legal dealings involving the Snapps Mill Road home and surrounding 34 acres where he lived.

A co-worker at a Lynchburg market described him as sometimes zombie-like; others said he kept up his work duties as a security guard but was extremely quiet and increasingly withdrawn.

His fascination with weapons had continued over the years, and people who knew Speight said he collected multiple types of firearms, from automatic rifles to black powder antiques and handguns.

Investigators last week turned up body armor, food caches and even homemade explosive devices on the property where Speight created a shooting range that seemed to be in steady use, sometimes bothersome to neighbors.

The property, valued at $293,000, had been purchased by John and Violet Giglio, Speight's grandparents, who had made money in real estate in Tidewater and central Virginia. A rustic, two-story wood house built in 1986 is the property's centerpiece.

Speight, his uncle said, kept up the grounds with meticulous precision, planting and trimming bushes and trees.

John Giglio died in 2008, and Violet, now 102, shared ownership of the property with Speight and his sister, Devening and court documents say.

Speight was removed as a trustee of the property after his mother's death, Devening said last week, because of concerns about his mental condition. But he subsequently was given power of attorney over the estate and just last week, Devening said Lauralee Sipe visited his office to settle paperwork that would have made Speight sole owner of the property upon Violet Giglio's death.

Devening speculates that Speight, who had trouble comprehending the complex language of the trust agreements, possibly because of a learning disability, may have been confused.

While Lauralee Sipe intended to create a life-sustaining gift for her brother, according to Devening, Speight apparently believed he was being hoodwinked out of the property, David Anderson, Speight's employer at a Lynchburg market, told The Times-Dispatch.

In fact, a spokesman for the Sipe family said, the intent was for Lauralee Sipe, her husband and their two children to move permanently to the home and to renovate a portion of the house to accommodate Violet, now in a retirement home.

Speight would have lived in a new home on the property.

It would have been easy for Speight to have sensed a loss of solitude and control.

He had lived on the Snapps Mill Road property alone for about a year, a spokesman for Speight's family said, when the Sipes left Georgia to move in with him seven months ago.

Dwayne Sipe was forming a new business in Virginia with his two brothers, and the family was concerned about Speight's ability to handle the large property by himself, said Robert New, the spokesman. He stressed that the intent of everyone was to turn ownership of the property over to Speight.

But Speight went from having the place to himself, free to wander and shoot his many weapons in the countryside, to sharing the home, albeit temporarily, with his sister, her husband, their 4-year-old son and Lauralee Sipe's 15-year-old daughter from a previous marriage. Eventually, he also would have expected to accommodate grandmother Violet Giglio.

Tuesday morning, the hopes of the extended family living at 3030 Snapps Mill Road collapsed. Eight died.
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