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US Man Kills Wife, 4 Others Over Breakfast Eggs

Lexington: A man in the US state of Kentucky became enraged by how his wife cooked his eggs and killed her, his stepdaughter and three neighbors with a shotgun before shooting himself.  Stanley Neace went
PTI September 13, 2010 15:31 IST
Lexington: A man in the US state of Kentucky became enraged by how his wife cooked his eggs and killed her, his stepdaughter and three neighbors with a shotgun before shooting himself.  

Stanley Neace went on a rampage with a shotgun while in his pyjamas in a trailer park in the rural east of the U.S. state of Kentucky.  

Police officer Jody Sims said Neace, 47, killed his victims in two mobile homes before shooting himself at his home on Saturday. 

Neighbours said Neace stormed across the lawns of about seven homes and fired dozens of shots from a 12-gauge pump shotgun.  

When state police arrived about an hour after the gunfire began, they heard a single gunshot and found Neace's body on his porch.  

Sherri Anne Robinson, a relative of two of the victims, said witnesses told her that Neace became enraged when his wife, Sandra, 54, did not cook his breakfast to his liking.

The door of the trailer where four of the killings took place remains open. Neighbours say, Neace kicked it in and opened fire. He then turned the gun on himself.

Mrs Robinson said that when his wife fled to a neighbour's trailer, Neace followed and shot her and the four others.  

‘He just got mad at his wife for not making his breakfast right and he shot her,' Mrs Robinson said. 

‘She tried to run to tell my family and he shot them too because they found out about it.'

The other victims were identified as Mrs Neace's 28-year-old daughter Sandra R. Strong and neighbours Dennis Turner, 31, Teresa Fugate, 30, and Tammy Kilborn, 40.  

Mrs Robinson said Teresa Fugate, her sister, was shot in front of her seven-year-old daughter.  

‘Her daughter said, “Please, please don't shoot me,” and he said, “All right, you can leave,” and she ran out,' said Mrs Robinson, who spoke to her niece after the shootings.

‘She went and told her neighbours, and the neighbours called the law.' 

Mrs Robinson says Neace had never appeared threatening to her, but that he was known to have a violent history.

County prosecutor Brendon Miller said his dealings with Neace came on non-violent issues involving child support. He had also been called to Miller's office a month ago regarding a traffic ticket.

Authorities started receiving calls from concerned neighbours around 11:30 in the roadside mobile home park outside Jackson, south-east of Lexington.

Neighbours say Neace kicked in the door of the cabin before storming in and killing four people  

Trooper Jody Sims of the Kentucky State Police said when they arrived about an hour later, they heard a single gunshot, then found Neace's body on his porch.

They found victims in two other trailers. Other neighbours fled the trailer park in fear for their lives during the shootings.

Landlord Ray Rastegar said Neace received monthly disability checks from the Social Security Administration, though he didn't know what his disability was.

He said he had begun the process of evicting Neace, who had lived in the trailer park for about seven years, because he had become increasingly hostile toward neighbours in recent months.

Neighbour Steve Smith saw the rampage from the window of his mobile home. When he walked outside, Smith said Neace took a shot at him but missed.

'He chased his wife around that Jeep shooting at her,' Mr Smith said, pointing to a shot-up sport-utility vehicle parked outside his mobile home. 'I heard her screaming and running.'

Smith said Neace ended up mumbling to himself on the porch of his trailer, pointed the shotgun at his head and pulled the trigger.

'He's been trouble ever since he's been here,' Mr Smith said. 'He's always been trouble.'