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    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/03/10/shooting.alabama/

    (CNN) -- At least 10 people were killed Tuesday in a shooting spree that spanned two small southern Alabama towns, state officials confirmed. The gunman, who turned the gun on himself, and the wife and child of a sheriff's deputy were among those killed.

    The shooting started in a neighborhood in Samson, a town of about 3,000 about 15 miles north of the Florida border, just after 4 p.m. (5 p.m. ET) and ended 12 miles away at a manufacturing plant in Geneva, said Alabama state Sen. Harri Anne Smith, who represents Geneva County.

    "He was shooting at just ordinary people going about their business," Smith told CNN, saying she had been briefed by state and local law enforcement.

    The gunman, whose identity was not disclosed, shot himself at the Reliable Metal Products plant, state public safety spokesman Kevin Cook told CNN.

    Authorities are also investigating an arson at a residence in neighboring Coffee County, where a body has been found. That incident is believed to be related to the shootings, Cook said.

    Authorities said the wife and child of a Geneva County sheriff's deputy were killed in the shooting spree.

    Investigators are trying to determine whether the shooter knew any of the victims.

    State police Cpl. Steve Jarrett told reporters that the shooter killed six adults and one child in three residences in Samson before heading down state highway 52, firing at least seven bullets into a state trooper car. The trooper sustained minor injuries from shattered glass.

    The shooter then killed another person at Samson Pipe and Supply and then another at a service station -- both on highway 52, Jarrett said.

    A witness told CNN Radio she saw a woman's body at the Big-Little Store service station off the highway as people gathered at the crime scene.

    The shooter ended up at the Reliable Metal Products plant in Geneva, where he fired a 30-round burst, injuring the town's police chief, authorities said.

    "Then the subject entered the business. Within minutes, shots were heard ... Law enforcement officers found him dead," Jarrett said.

    "There are believed to be additional people shot and wounded during these episodes," he said.

    Sheriff's officials says the shooter was a former employee of Reliable Metal, CNN affiliate WEAR-TV reported.

    The FBI bureau in Mobile, Alabama, sent an agent to assist the Geneva County sheriff's office and local police, a spokeswoman for the FBI said.



    Col. Christopher Murphy, head of the Alabama Department of Public Safety, called the south Alabama shooting spree "the worst that DPS has a memory of."

    Another mass killing occurred in south Alabama in 2002, when Westley Devon Harris gunned down six members of his 16-year-old girlfriend's family at their farm in Luverne. Harris was convicted and sentenced to the death penalty in 2005.

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    Well, if this isn't evidence that one should carry a gun for protection, I don't know what is! If just one of his victims had been carrying, many lives may have been saved. Hopefully, the anti-gun folk will start getting the picture. Gimme one single law that would have stopped that guy from obtaining a firearm and doing what he did? Oh wait... laws don't apply to bad guys. Duh! Dumbass politicians and lawmakers!!!! Give us the authority and means to protect ourselves and get the hell outta our way! We'll take care of the rest.

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    The gun grabbers ask why someone with a gun wasn't able to stop him. They use this question as an attack on private gun ownership and the private carrying of guns.

    The question I ask is, "How many of the victims were armed at the time they were shot?"

    Clearly, being unarmed is far more dangerous than being armed.
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    Check out some of these comments, especially by Cpsmurf:

    http://www.ksl.com/index.php?nid=157...&comments=true

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    xRapidDavex wrote:
    Check out some of these comments, especially by Cpsmurf:
    Yup. They continue to tout the garbage from a "study" that was never peer reviewed and has been discredited for years.

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