A man armed with an assault-style rifle and suspected of
killing three men in a domestic dispute was shot dead by
police after a car chase and shootout that left an officer
wounded, marking a second incident of deadly gun violence in
Alabama in two days, officials say.
The two shootings on Saturday in Alabama came a day after 20
children and six adults were shot to death by a gunman who
went on a rampage with a military-style rifle at an
elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut and then killed
In Alabama, a gunman identified as Romero Roberto Moya, 33,
was shot multiple times by police in the town of Oxford, east
of Birmingham, as he stepped from a hijacked car that struck
another vehicle on Saturday, police said.
A short distance away before he was killed, Moya had
exchanged gunfire with other police after crashing his
initial getaway car, leaving one officer critically injured,
Oxford police Lieutenant L.G. Owens said.
The pursuit was triggered by a triple slaying Moya was
suspected of committing at a trailer home earlier in the
morning in Cleburne County, Alabama, near the Georgia state
line, Owens said.
No details about the circumstances of the killings were
immediately available. Owens said the three victims may have
been Moya's brothers, and a child under the age of 2 who also
was injured in the incident was taken to an Atlanta hospital.
Also on Saturday, a man distraught over his wife's hospital
treatment walked into St. Vincent's Birmingham with a gun at
4am (local time) and opened fire as he was confronted by
police, wounding one officer and two hospital employees,
authorities said. The gunman was killed in the shootout.