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"Numerous" dead and injured in Appomattox shootings

Virginia State Police said there have been "numerous fatalities and injuries" in a shooting spree in Appomattox County that also saw a state police search helicopter forced to land after being hit by shots from the ground, state police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said.

She would not be more specific about the tally and said the motive was not yet known. Appomattox is about midway between Richmond and Roanoke.

A male gunman is believed to be cornered in woods near Route 703, also called Snapps Mill Road, and Route 613, also called Police Tower Road, where more than 100 state and local officers are continuing a search. A second State Police helicopter also is searching, Geller said.

Appomattox County Sheriff's deputies received a call about at noon Tuesday for a man needing medical assistance found in the middle of Snapps Mills Road.

The first state police helicopter sprung a fuel leak after being hit by gunfire and landed at Lynchburg Regional Airport, Geller said.

State police said they would provide another update at about 7 p.m.

-- Mary Pat Flaherty

By Mary Pat Flaherty  |  January 19, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
Categories:  Mary Pat Flaherty , Virginia  
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Crazy redneck domestic terrorists...

Posted by: demtse | January 19, 2010 6:45 PM | Report abuse

Is that where those Cajun mountain people live? Or maybe just Hell's Angels...

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | January 19, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

It's good Virginians have lots of guns. Now if only the police helicopter was fully armed...

Posted by: TJ1743 | January 19, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

they still don't hold a candle to DC or PG

Posted by: djrhood | January 19, 2010 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Numerous dead, a helicopter forced down, and going into hour number eight with no standoff even begun. Some of these rednecks are more difficult than others.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 19, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if our right-wingers will insist that this attack be called "terrorism," as they were doing the night that Army major shot up Ft. Hood.

Posted by: DualAg | January 19, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Is that where those Cajun mountain people live?

Wrong state, idiot.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | January 19, 2010 6:57 PM | Report abuse

"crazy rednecks"
"hells angels"

... I'm glad to see everyone here is reserving judgment until all the facts are in.

Posted by: thebunker66 | January 19, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

is he christian?

is he an ex-christian?

oh then, he's just a madman exercising his rights.

Posted by: forestbloggod | January 19, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse

for sure, when all the facts are in, we'll find out that there was a crystal meth lab under surveillance.

Posted by: yesnomaybe213 | January 19, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse

What's that quote from Charlton Heston?

Posted by: dargregmag | January 19, 2010 7:05 PM | Report abuse

Wasn't it just yesterday that:
"Hundreds of Virginians rallied in support of bills that would allow concealed handguns to be carried in more places and make it easier to get both guns and the permits."

It won't be long before a devoted NRA member will comment that there is no such thing as need for effective gun control laws. Virginia is for gun Lovers only.

Posted by: allons | January 19, 2010 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Wrong state, idiot

You obviously haven't met my ex.

Posted by: SusanMarie2 | January 19, 2010 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Allons, This one's for you - Virginia is for the Second Amendment.

Posted by: cheekymonkey | January 19, 2010 7:09 PM | Report abuse

TJ1743 wins.

Posted by: csdiego | January 19, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

for cheeky monkey: the second amendment was written when a firearm was a musket. you have one of those all you want.

Posted by: weavemaven | January 19, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

allons: Yeah that whole "don't allow guns" thing worked out great for Va Tech...

Posted by: EWGuy | January 19, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

He is probably a Progressive Democrat and can't stand the fact a Republican is taking "Ted Kennedy's seat" in Massachusetts so he needed to vent.

Posted by: dpunty | January 19, 2010 7:23 PM | Report abuse

"mr monkey: - Virginia is for the Second Amendment."

Since when does the Second Amendment excuse irresponsible sales of guns. You act as there needs to be no accountability when it comes to manufacturers, sellers or owners of guns.

Posted by: allons | January 19, 2010 7:25 PM | Report abuse

This is all we need..
Locals going nuts.

You can have my gun when you pry it from my cold dead hands. (or is it fingers?)

Proposal accepted.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 19, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Might have had something to do with this?

Recent visitors of Accokeek farm warned about rabid calf

As many as 150 people, including dozens of elementary school students, might have come in contact with a rabid calf at an Accokeek farm, and state and local health officials are urging anyone who visited the farm in the past month to call them for medical advice.

The incident could have deadly consequences. Anyone who demonstrates symptoms of rabies, including headaches and nervous system problems, is likely to die, said Donald Shell, the health officer for Prince George's County.

Because early treatment can be effective, officials were trying over the weekend to identify and contact everyone who visited the Hard Bargain Farm in Accokeek between Dec. 21 and Tuesday, when the infected calf was on display, he said.

[ ... ]

Posted by: thardman | January 19, 2010 7:33 PM | Report abuse

muslims of america complex down that way south of appomattox 15 miles.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | January 19, 2010 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Glad so many are making light of an article with "numerous" dead in the headline. If this type thing happened in DC, everyone would be freaking out up there and overreacting. Certainly no one would have the humor displayed with this article.

Remember the sniper? No one called him a redneck or Cajan and it's a short drive from Appomattox. By the way, Appomattox is not in the mountains, and not known for its Cajun population. Show your stripes and keep acting like DC elitists! Coming from a place with a high crime rate, piss poor schools, and corrupt politicians means little to those outside your reality. Keep bleeding the country dry with the usurped tax money to fund endless and inefficient bureaucracy. Like it or not, DC exemplifies why Americans are fed up with the government -- those all around you are totally disconnected and think they are more important, smarter, and better than everyone else. Not sure where the smug attitude was acquired, but the DC area had more murders with a handgun than the rest of VA and MD combined.

Posted by: ptewell | January 19, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

dargregmag, the quote from heston is '' leave my people go ''.

Posted by: 12thgenamerican | January 19, 2010 7:49 PM | Report abuse

thardman: (rolling))
Oh, I get now.
He got rabies and went nuts.
Rabid people running around with guns.

It's Haiti !!!

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 19, 2010 7:50 PM | Report abuse

Numerous is more than several which is more than a few.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 19, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Moses said let my people go.
While he was talking to Ramses.
Charlton told Yul Brenner that in the movie. Yul Brenner broke out in song and said etc, etc, etc,
---wait, wrong movie..

a couple - 2
a few - 3 to 5
several - 5-7
numerous - not really defined but one would believe more than seven.

are we supposed to have an update on this story?

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | January 19, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

appears the idiots are uniting with stupid comments again.

Posted by: pofinpa | January 19, 2010 8:03 PM | Report abuse

Wonder if the Republicans will call this an act of terrorism. If he is Muslim they will and if he is not then they will not.

terrorism-The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.

Posted by: rl5614 | January 19, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse


The levels of bigotry is amazing on this blog.

How anyone could directly jump to calling anyone rednecks or trying to cite poor interpretations of the second amendment or anything else for that matter is beyond comprehension.

Anyone against the 2nd amendment in general... Guess what, move the heck out of the USA to another country of your choosing. There is no need to impose your beliefs on those who have read and believe in the US Constitution. Pick up a copy sometime and read it; you may be surprised to see what it actually says.

This nation was founded on tolerance of others, not rabid name calling and blatant willful ignorance of American history and American values.

Posted by: ProveMeWrong | January 19, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

My guess he is a "git the hell out"er. His supporters will conspicuously NOT lump his murderous assault with all the other whackjobs like the Fort Hood shooter. Why? Because it doesn't agree with their ignorance that only Muslims are terrorists.

Posted by: steveboyington | January 19, 2010 8:26 PM | Report abuse

Why does this breaking story appear so far down on the home page, below not only Haiti (which will be out of the headlines next week) but also the election in Massachusetts?

Posted by: swmuva | January 19, 2010 8:27 PM | Report abuse

thebunker66: "I'm glad to see everyone here is reserving judgment until all the facts are in."

Like Fox News, Rush Limbaugh and Pat Robertson always do? Perhaps you missed the sarcasm in those posts, which that terrorism must be defined by the act, not where the person that did it came from.

If "numerous dead and injured" was terrorism at Fort Hood (as opposed to a mental breakdown due to stress), then it's terrorism here. If it's a conservative nutjob who did it, we just add it to the list of things like Oklahoma City, murders of gays and abortion doctors, and church shootings.

But we'll avoid calling it terrorism, even though that's exactly what it is, which the people of Alexandria would quickly attest to at this time.

Posted by: wizard2 | January 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

I LOVE the buck-toothers that claim that Virginia Tech would have been stopped if the students all hand concealed binky-guns stuffed in their coveralls.

Uhhh.... buck-toothers don't typically attend college. It wouldna helped.

Posted by: steveboyington | January 19, 2010 8:29 PM | Report abuse

Hey, you should not let a good response be ruined by the FACTS...

D.C. had 143 MURDERS

Maryland had 493 MURDERS and
Virginia had 369 MURDERS. The combined total for Maryland and Virginia is 862. I added those for you in case you can't add any more than you can do research. As a percentage of Population, DC homicides are lower than either Maryland or Virginia. These are 2009 Stats.

I am neither Republican nor Dem. Being a Police Officer, my Politics are somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun. I also live on the West coast. I don't have a dog in this fight/arguement but I don't like mis-stated facts or stats.

Posted by: reddrhino | January 19, 2010 8:35 PM | Report abuse


I should have clarified I was using per capita figures. DC homicide rate is 3x that of MD and nearly 6x that of VA.

Posted by: ptewell | January 19, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

I've looked all over the Second Amendment for the word "musket"... couldn't find it. Then I looked all over the First Amendment for the words "cable news"... couldn't find them. Then I looked all over the Fourth Amendment for the words "their cars"... same problem. Then I began to suspect that some people posting here don't know what they're talking about. (Funny... I did find the words "the people" in all three of those places... I thought that might mean something like, 'every free and full citizen', but I'm certainly no expert...)

ps -- Ted Kennedy's car has still murdered more people than my gun... live with it... he did...

Posted by: srb2 | January 19, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse


Can you please post up your source of 2009 data? I have been all over the census website and the FBI site as well as the DOJ and they all have things posted up through 2008.

I cannot find 2009 figures anywhere...

Also keep in mind that those numbers are probably not just related to guns, but any kind of death. You also need to keep in mind that many more people go "missing" from DC than from any other place around here and wind up in MD and VA numbers when their bodies are found.

Posted by: ProveMeWrong | January 20, 2010 10:09 AM | Report abuse

Sorry ptewell... The inclusion of your quote threw me off.

My question and comments were supposed to be directed to reddrhino

Can you help me out reddrhino?

Posted by: ProveMeWrong | January 20, 2010 10:10 AM | Report abuse

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