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West Virginia Man Kills New Neighbor And New Neighbor's Brother Without Warning

Posted by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 10:17 AM
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Because he thought it was "his property." 

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/confused-west-virginia-man-kills-new-neighbor-cops-article-1.1593047

West Virginia man kills new neighbor without warning, thinking it's his property: cops  

Rodney Bruce Black, 62, of Barboursville, was charged Saturday with two counts of first degree murder after he fatally shot Garrick Hopkins, 60, of Milton and his brother, Carl Hopkins Jr., 61. The men were on land that once belonged to the Black family.

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Police do not know why Rodney Bruce Black, 62, of Barboursville, W.Va., thought the two men were on his land.

WEST VIRGINIA REGIONAL JAIL

Police do not know why Rodney Bruce Black, 62, of Barboursville, W.Va., decided to kill the two men he thought was on his land.

A West Virginia man shot and killed his new neighbor and the man's brother without warning as the two inspected their land.

The shooter told police he thought his alleged victims were breaking into a building he mistakenly thought he owned, and police are baffled as to why he chose such a drastic measure to preserve something of no value to him.

The Cabell County Sheriff's Department charged Rodney Bruce Black, 62, of Barboursville, with two counts of first degree murder after he killed Garrick Hopkins, 60, of Milton and his brother, Carl Hopkins Jr., 61, of Oak Hill, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sherriff Tom McComas told the Daily News on Monday.

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Garrick Hopkins and his wife had just purchased land next door to Black and planned to start building a home in the next few weeks, McComas said. The landowner had invited his brother over to check out the property Saturday afternoon.

Black saw the two men — who were both married with children — looking inside a shed. Then, allegedly without warning or calling the police, he grabbed a rifle and fired once at both men.

They died at the scene.

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"He shot first and then called 911," McComas said. "He said they were breaking into his house but it wasn't his property."

The structure did not contain anything of value, McComas said. The building sits on land once owned by Black's family but not anymore, he said.

The sheriff said they are continuing to investigate the incident to determine why Black, who was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, would shoot the two unarmed men.The department believes Black had never met the two men before.

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"It's just a terrible, terrible tragedy," he said. "We're still trying to figure all of this out. … Hopefully we'll find out his reasoning as the investigation continues."

Police also seized a large amount of weapons and ammunition from Black's home.

The two victims are black and the shooter is white but McComas said there is no indication race was a factor in the the suspect's motive.

Black is being held at county jail without bail and his next court date will be held Feb. 4

by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 10:17 AM
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jllcali
by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM
So sad. Those poor families.
mikiemom
by Ruby Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM
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And this is why not everyone should be allowed to own weapons there needs to be rules, laws, insurance mental health checks etc.

GLWerth
by Gina on Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:09 AM
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I'm glad he's been charged and a little surprised. 

I feel for the victims' family. How sad that the idea of building a new home has ended in senseless deaths.

Seasidegirl
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 11:50 AM
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It would also be nice if people introduced themselves to one another when they move in or when they see a new neighbor. That might have prevented this as well.

GLWerth
by Gina on Jan. 28, 2014 at 1:47 PM
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I doubt knocking on this guy's door would have been a good idea for these guys either.

Quoting Seasidegirl:

It would also be nice if people introduced themselves to one another when they move in or when they see a new neighbor. That might have prevented this as well.


LiveinJoy
by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 1:54 PM

From the title my first thought was: Well, if he had warned them he was going to kill them they might have gotten away. 

Now I'm going to read the article.

LiveinJoy
by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Huge fail!

I wonder if he feels horrible for what he's done.

lga1965
by on Jan. 28, 2014 at 1:59 PM
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 Oh golly, you know he was just exercizing his 2nd amendment rights, doncha know. Maybe even SYG.

This is just horribly insane.

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:01 PM

I feel for both families! Very sad all the way around

GLWerth
by Gina on Jan. 28, 2014 at 2:50 PM
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If he shot two people from a distance without provocation, then I truly doubt he feels anything at all. Well, he probably feels bad about going to jail.

Quoting LiveinJoy:

Huge fail!

I wonder if he feels horrible for what he's done.


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