20 Miles of Terror in South Alabama, Gunman Kills 10 People
Geneva, Alabama – It's being called worst crime spree in Alabama's immediate history; 28 year old Michael Kenneth McLendon killed ten people in South Alabama during a one hour shooting spree covering two communities. Alabama Department of Public Safety Colonel J. Christopher Murphy says McLendon allegedly began by killing his 52 year old mother, Lisa White McLendon, leaving her body in a burning home.
McLendon, armed with two assault rifles, a shotgun, and a .38 caliber handgun traveled to the town of Samson. There he shot and killed five people who were on the porch of his uncle's home. Those victims are 55 year old James Alford White, 34 year old Tracy Michelle Wise, 15 year old Dean James Wise. McLendon also killed two people who were not related to him,the wife and daughter of Geneva County Sheriff's Deputy Josh Myers: 31 year old Andrea D. Myers and 18 month old Corrine Gracie Myers.
McLendon then opened fire next door to the home, killing his 74 year old grandmother, Virginia White. Next he shot and killed 24 year old James Irvin Starling as he walked by on the street. On, Main Street in Samson, at the Inland Gas Station, McLendon shot and killed 49 year old Greg McCullough and 43 year old Sonja Smith. McLendon travelled on Highway 52 toward Geneva where he shot and killed his final victim, 51 year old Bruce Wilson Malloy as Malloy drove down the highway.
Geneva Police Chief Frankie Lindsey attempted to block McLendon's exit from the area, McLendon opened fire, but Lindey's bullet proof vest saved him from serious injury.
McLendon then entered Reliable Products and took his own life. Colonel Murphy says they DO NOT have a motive but they DO know a few details about the gunman. McLendon was employed at the Samson Police Department for a brief time in 2003 at but did not complete police training. He had no military training.
McLendon was employed at Kelley Foods. He had no known criminal record.