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Gunman kills 7 in US rampage

world Updated: Aug 09, 2011 01:38 IST
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A gunman shot nine people and killed seven - including three children - before police shot him dead in a small town in Ohio.

The rampage - which was apparently rooted in a domestic dispute - left bodies strewn across an otherwise quiet neighborhood in Copley Township beginning at about 11:00 am (1500 GMT) on Sunday.

Gilbert Elie came outside at the sound of the shots and moaning to discover the bloodied bodies of two of his neighbours - Russell and Gudrun Johnson - lying in their driveway. He went to check on them and saw a woman lying over a teenaged girl - as if to protect her - inside a black minivan. They both looked dead and Elie called to his wife to call the police. Then Becky Dieter, who lives between his house and the driveway where the Johnsons were killed, came outside and asked him what was going on.

"I was talking to her when her boyfriend came out of the house behind her and shot her three or four times," he said.

Elie jumped behind a car and when he peeked out from behind it, he saw Dieter "fall off the porch and down the steps."

He then heard the welcome sound of police sirens, along with more shots and the sound of people running behind the houses through the nearby woods. Police arriving at the scene spotted the gunman fleeing and took chase.

The suspect then "engaged the officers in gunfire and the suspect has been killed as well," Copley Police chief Michael Mier told the Akron Beacon Journal.