Explosives found at Va. shooting suspect’s home
Man surrenders in deaths of eight
APPOMATTOX, Va. - Bomb technicians discovered a “multitude’’ of explosives yesterday at the home of a man suspected in the shooting deaths of eight people, and crews were detonating the devices as more details about the gunman came to light.
Christopher Bryan Speight, a 39-year-old security guard, surrendered to police at daybreak yesterday. He had led authorities on an 18-hour manhunt following the shootings at a house in rural central Virginia. Deputies found a mortally wounded man and seven bodies.
As of late yesterday, bomb squads had found and detonated seven explosives. The blasting was expected to continue into today.
Speight had no weapons when he surrendered shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday wearing camouflage pants, mud-caked boots, and a bulletproof vest over a black fleece jacket.
Neither the sheriff nor a State Police spokeswoman would disclose what Speight said when he gave up.
Authorities remained tightlipped on most details surrounding the slayings, including a possible motive.
Nor did they immediately identify any of the victims or their relationship to the suspect. Authorities would say only that he knew his victims.
Speight, who was jailed while awaiting charges, co-owned and lived in the home where some of the bodies were found.