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Posted at 8:33 AM ET, 08/23/2010

3 killed, 4 wounded in Louisa County, Va.

By Erica Johnston


A man involved in a dispute with other family members over property and belongings opened fire in a rural central Virginia neighborhood, killing two people and wounding four others before police fatally shot him, authorities said.

P.T. Spencer, a member of the Louisa County Board of Supervisors, said Monday that gunman Charles Sponaugle and two other family members had an ongoing dispute over a 1.5-acre lot after Sponaugle's mother died without leaving a will.

“We've had problems with them,” Spencer said of Sponaugle's family. He estimated the property was worth “$25,000, if that. It's just insane.” The shooting began around 5 p.m. Sunday at a mobile home outside of the town of Louisa, said Louisa County sheriff's Maj. Donnie Lowe. Officers killed the man and a pit bull they say he unleashed on them in a shootout. No officers were injured, Lowe said.

Officials haven't released the victims' identities.

The wounded, including one with life-threatening injuries, were transported to the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, Lowe said. A hospital spokeswoman didn't immediately return a telephone message early Monday.

-- Associated Press

3 killed, 3 wounded in Louisa County, Va.
10:49 p.m.

Three people were killed and three others seriously wounded Sunday night in Louisa County, Va., authorities said.

The shootings occurred during a domestic dispute, according to the wife of county supervisor Willie L. Gentry Jr.

The supervisor’s wife said she understood that the assailant had been shot by a law enforcement officers.

Louisa County is between Richmond and Charlottesville.

-- Martin Weil

By Erica Johnston  | August 23, 2010; 8:33 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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Rednecks, weapons and a property anyone actually surprised?
Although it does demonstrate the need to have a will in place.
Not to say the whole situation could have been avoided with a will. But it at least would minimize the chances of this taking place.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | August 23, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

There is absolutely no difference between white trash and ghetto trash.

Posted by: checkered1 | August 23, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

sad commentary, whether in the getto or a trailer park....

Posted by: bam1969 | August 23, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Now, who gets the property? I'm so glad I have nothing of value for neer-do-well relatives to fight over. It's amazing how greedy people try grab anything they can.

Posted by: skinfreak | August 23, 2010 7:11 PM | Report abuse

Funny, I was sure someone would have posted here by now that if only everyone carried a gun at all times, none of this ever would have happened.

Posted by: Itzajob | August 23, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

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