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'Several' fatalities in Virginia shooting: police

A shooting in Virginia on Tuesday caused "several fatalities," and law enforcement officials were still searching for the gunman, state police said.

Sergeant Thomas Molnar, a spokesman for the Virginia State police told AFP there had been "several fatalities that relate to a shooting that was in the area."

"There is just one male suspect," he added.

The incident unfolded around noon (1700GMT) when a deputy from the Appomattox sheriff's office responded to a call about a man lying down beside a road.

"When the deputy arrived on scene, the deputy heard several gun shots and he in turn contacted his dispatch center and they dispatched several more of their deputies to the scene along with contacting the Virginia state police for assistance," Molnar said.

Six hours later, officers from the Appomattox sheriff's office, the Virginia state police and several other local county police departments were searching for the suspect within a cordoned off perimeter.

"The perimeter has been established and we believe the suspect is within the quarantined area," Molnar said.

There were no immediate details on the casualties or indication about the gunman's motive.


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