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March 11, 2009

Michael McLendon

Michael McLendon has been identified as the shooter who killed 10 people yesterday in Alabama. The story of Michael McLendon's killing spree is horrific....especially as no one as yet is sure what caused it.

An Alabama man with an assault weapon burned down his mother's house around her, shot his grandparents, aunt and uncle dead, then killed five other people Tuesday before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.

Coffee County coroner Robert Preachers identified the shooter as Michael McLendon and said he was in his 30s. It was unclear if the mother, Lisa McClendon, who died, had been shot.

Authorities gave no motive for the rampage that claimed victims in several homes in the small towns of Kinston, Samson and Geneva and along the highway connecting them. Two of the dead were a sheriff deputy's wife and 3-month-old child.

As I say, no one knows what triggered Michael McLendon's actions:

Nine people were gunned down in a terrifying rampage across two Alabama counties by a lone shooter who authorities said burned down his mother's home with her inside, killed his own relatives on their porch and shot apparent strangers and police before killing himself. Tuesday's shootings in a mostly rural area near the Florida border were believed to be the work of Michael McLendon, who lived with his mother and had once worked at a local metal plant.

McLendon shot himself at the end of his spree:

At least 10 people were killed when a gunman went on a shooting rampage across two towns in southern Alabama last night.

The gunman, named as Michael McLendon, 27, burnt down his mother's home, killed members of his family on their porch and shot apparent strangers as he drove by. A police officer's wife and child were among the dead.

Police say there were at least four separate shooting incidents, before McLendon killed himself.

Perhaps the Coroner has the apt description of what McLendon did:

The man, named as Michael McLendon, drove to four different locations in the small towns of Samson and Geneva in the southern US state yesterday afternoon.

After burning down the house he shared with his mother he killed five people - including a child - at another location before shooting two other people at two different addresses.

Passers-by at a service station and local store were the gunman's final victims, local coroner Roberts Preachers said, before he killed himself.

"He started in his mother's house. Then he went to Samson and he killed his granny and granddaddy and aunt and uncle. He cleaned his family out," he told the Associated Press news agency.

Sadly, this isn't the only story of a mass shooting to arrive today.

There are many more stories of course, many more reports, but little new information as yet.

Alabama shooting rampage - child amongst the dead Gunman Michael ...
Bild.de - Germany
The gunman – named in some reports as 27-year-old American Michael McLendon – carried out the massacre in five separate shooting incidents. ...
Investigators search for answers in Alabama rampage
CBC.ca - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
Authorities said Michael McLendon also burned down his mother's home with her inside, shot and killed relatives on their porch and shot strangers ...
McLendon kills 10 in shooting spree, but why?
NECN - Newton,MA,USA
Michael McLendon was identified Wednesday morning by police as the person who went on that shooting spree. "We just cannot figure out what would happen and ...
Ten dead as Alabama gunman goes on rampage
Times Online - UK
Michael McLendon, 27, began the killing spree in Samson, a town of 2000 in the southeast of the state, and continued it in nearby Geneva, killing members of ...

Police identify gunman in south Alabama rampage as Michael ...
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Police were investigating shootings in at least four different locations in three neighboring communities, all of which were believed to be the work of a single gunman named Michael McLendon. Investigators declined to comment on a ...

THE OFFICES AT BUTCHER'S GARDEN, THE LAAL HETHRI: "MICHAEL ...
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Chief of the Counter-Shai'tanism Division of the Laal Hethri[ODTCS-LH] Thanthu Beobrai has said that the hours taken interrogating Alabama mass murderer Michael McLendon will yield information into any elements that are actively working ...

At least 9 killed in southern Alabama shooting spree - Kansas City ...
</p><p>The gunman, identified Tuesday night as Michael McLendon, led police on a chase through Geneva County in southern Alabama, firing at police officers before turning the gun on himself, law-enforcement officials said. ...

Police ID Gunman In Alabama Rampage - Bakersfield News Story ...
POSTED: 4:08 pm PDT March 10, 2009. UPDATED: 10:23 pm PDT March 10, 2009. A gunman who killed at least nine people on a terrifying rampage across two Alabama counties has been identified as Michael McLendon, of Kinston, Ala. ...

Ten Dead in Alabama Shootings / Northern Nevada, Reno, Lake Tahoe ...
believed to be the work of a single gunman named Michael McLendon. Investigators declined to comment on a motive for the shootings, in which at least four other people were injured, including a child. The afternoon of bloodshed began ...

Gunman Shooting Spree in South Alabama; Kills Himself
A gunman who killed at least nine people on a terrifying rampage across two Alabama counties has been identified as Michael McLendon of Kinston. Coffee County Coroner Robert Preachers says McLendon's victims included members of his own ...

World News Australia - Alabama gunman killed family, strangers
Police are investigating at least four different shooting locations in three neighbouring communities, after the rampage believed to be the work of a single gunman named Michael McLendon. Investigators declined to comment on a motive ...


Police ID Gunman In Alabama Rampage - Local News Story - WTVJ | Miami
A gunman who killed at least nine people on a terrifying rampage across two Alabama counties has been identified as Michael McLendon, of Kinston, Ala. | Map. A coroner said McLendon began his day of bloodshed by burning down his ...

Gunman identified, death toll now at 12
Police say Michael McLendon of Kinston went on a two county rampage before turning the gun on himself. The Coffee County coroner said McLendon started his day off with bloodshed at the Kinston area home owned by his mother; ...

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