At least ten people including the suspected gunman have been killed in a shooting spree across two towns in Alabama, state authorities have said.
Family members of the victims comfort each other
A single gunman carried out the killings before turning the gun on himself, the Public Safety Department said in a statement.
"This is a very complicated investigation that is unfolding," the department said.
Police began to uncover the grisly rampage when four adults and a child were found shot dead inside a residence in the town of Samson.
"It is believed the gunman left that location, traveling on Alabama route 52 where he shot at a state trooper's vehicle, striking the vehicle seven times and slightly wounding the trooper due to broken glass," said the department.
The shooter, who was not identified, gunned down another individual at Samson Pipe and Supply.
He apparently killed another victim at a service station before heading to Reliable Metal Products where he "fired an estimated 30-round burst."
Police cover one of the scenes
The local police chief was grazed by a bullet but escaped serious injury because he was wearing a bullet-resistant vest.
The gunman entered the facility and "within minutes, shots were heard from within Reliable Metal.
Law enforcement officers found him dead from what are believed to be "self-inflicted gunshots," the statement said.
A fire at a nearby home is being investigatedafter an 11th body was recovered.
"(The fire) was in the same location and occurred at the same time," the FBI official said, "we believe it is related but that is not confirmed yet."
Reports have suggested the fire could be at the house where the gunman's mother lives.
Several other people have been wounded, according to local media.
There is no indication of a motive for the shooting."
Is it just me or does this feel like it's happening more and more frequently? Perhaps I'm just paying closer attention when it does, but damn. It would suck to be a random victim of violence and get blasted for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.