Gunman kills Virginia police officer, teenager in shooting spree

Sat May 31, 2014 11:41pm EDT

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(Reuters) - A gunman in Norfolk, Virginia, shot a passing motorist to death and killed a police officer in a shooting spree before dying in a struggle with another officer on Friday night, authorities said on Saturday.

James Brown, 29, fired randomly out of his vehicle on Friday night, striking Mark Rodriguez, 17, who died of his injuries at the scene, Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith said at a news conference. Brown kept firing randomly and police received several 911 calls, Goldsmith said.

Police found Brown’s vehicle at his house and he began firing a high-powered weapon from inside the house, striking officer Brian Jones several times, Goldsmith said. Jones, who had worked for the department for five years, died at a hospital while an off-duty officer shot by Brown is expected to fully recover, Goldsmith said.

Brown fled from the scene and crashed into another vehicle while speeding away from a pursuing police car, Goldsmith said. After the crash, he refused to give himself up, fought and tried to disarm a police officer, Goldsmith said. The officer shot and killed Brown, he said.

(Reporting by Kevin Murphy; Editing by Jonathan Allen)

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Comments (12)
Ralphooo wrote:
What, only one shooting spree today? It’s an outrage!

May 31, 2014 12:44am EDT  --  Report as abuse
Bakhtin wrote:
Why is this news? The NRA say there is no problem and the GOP say there is no problem. They couldn’t possibly be wrong, and responsible American gun-owners using guns to kill people has nothing to do with guns.

Anyone who says otherwise just doesn’t understand how harmless guns are.

We should all believe them without a second thought.

Jun 01, 2014 2:55am EDT  --  Report as abuse
2Borknot2B wrote:
What was he on? L.

Jun 01, 2014 2:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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