Law enforcement officials have identified the man they think is the serial killer who shot five people to death in South Carolina in recent days.
Authorities identified the suspect Monday night as 41-year-old
Patrick Tracy Burris.
They say Burris was a felon with a lengthy record who was paroled in April after seven years in prison.
They say bullets in the gun found on Burris after he was killed by police in Gastonia, N.C., matched those used to kill residents in and around Gaffney some 30 miles away.
Authorities did not immediately say where Burris was from.
Click the link below for a look at Burris' criminal history.
South Carolina law enforcement officials say a burglary suspect slain in North Carolina is the serial killer who shot five people to death in South Carolina in recent days.
State Law Enforcement Deputy Director Neil Dolan says ballistics
of the gun and bullets found on the man Monday in Gastonia, N.C.,
match those used to kill residents in and around Gaffney, S.C.,
some 30 miles away.
He says authorities want to put the community at rest. Dolan tells The Associated Press, "We have him. He's our serial killer."
Authorities have not released the slain man's name. They found
him when they responded to a possible burglary at a vacant house in
Gastonia. They say he gave a fake name and pulled a gun.