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Shootings in Tri-State area

October 16, 2006

Sunday's shooting in the Nadenbousch Heights subdivision is the fifth case in the Tri-State area since July 28 in which a man shot someone before turning the gun on himself. According to police reports and court records, the shooting brings to 17 the total number of people in the Tri-State area killed in incidents involving firearms since July 23.

The incidents involving firearms include:

· On July 23, Jackson Agustin Rodriguez, 22, of the Bronx, N.Y., was found dead of gunshot wounds at Washington Gardens Apartments on Security Road in Hagerstown. Another 22-year-old man shot there was hospitalized.

· On July 28, Cathy Burkett, 39, was shot dead at her home on Garnes Road near Mercersburg, Pa., and William Zimmerman, 50, was shot and killed at Longview Campground, where he was residing.

The badly decomposed body of Curtis E. Burkett, 41, who was charged in the two deaths, was found Aug. 24 by a farmer working in a Montgomery Township field, about 1/2 mile from Longview Campground. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, according to the Franklin County Coroner.

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· On July 29, Hopeton Clarke, 25, of Martinsburg, W.Va., died after he was shot outside Miss Behaven, a bar in Bunker Hill, W.Va. Two others were wounded outside the bar.

· On July 31, Trisiviah Rodriguez, 20, of Hagerstown, died after being shot multiple times in the first block of East Franklin Street in Hagerstown.

· On Aug. 4 in Hamilton Township near Chambersburg, Pa., Thomas Johnston, 50, shot his wife, Karen Johnston, 48, then turned the gun on himself, according to Pennsylvania State Police.

· On Sept. 2, Shepherd University students Logan P. Pennington, 26, and Benjamin M. Pennington, 24, were shot dead by their father, Douglas Pennington, 49, in a parking lot on the university's West Campus. Douglas Pennington then died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest.

· On Sept. 16, Jeffrey Michael Webber shot his wife, Kimberly Anne Webber, in their King Street home in Martinsburg before turning the gun on himself, police said.

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