Update: Suspected Virginia Shooter Surrenders

Virginia State Police say a suspect in the shooting deaths of eight people at a rural home has surrendered without incident.

Sgt. Thomas Molnar says 39-year-old Christopher Speight (Spite) approached officers at the crime scene at about 7:10 a.m. Wednesday and turned himself in.

Molnar says Speight was being taken to an undisclosed location to be interviewed. Charges are pending.

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A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation tells The Associated Press that eight people have been killed in shootings in central Virginia.

The official asked for anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak about the investigation.

State police say there were multiple deaths and injuries Tuesday and that a lone shooter was responsible. They say more than 100 law enforcement officials had the suspect circled in woods where they believe he is hiding.

Police could not say what sparked the violence.

State police say the gunman also fired at a state police helicopter, which had to land with a ruptured fuel tank after one or more rounds struck it.


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  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 at 05:06 PM
    Well enlighten me anonymous what do a thug look like. A black person, because they are the only people call a thug. Wait a minute you are right he looks like Jeffrey Dahmer.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 20, 2010 at 04:18 PM
    Well it because he don't look like a "thug" instead he look like the man in the mirror.
  • by Well Well on Jan 20, 2010 at 01:25 PM
    No comments huh. Well I guess he did not have a father or grew up in poverty. What a shame?
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