Geneva County massacre
Location of Geneva County within the state of Alabama
Location Geneva and Samson in Geneva County, Alabama, United States
Date March 10, 2009 (2009-03-10)
3:30 p.m. - 4:17 p.m. (EST)
Attack type Mass murder, spree shooting, arson
Weapon(s) Soviet-made SKS rifle, Bushmaster AR-15, 12 gauge shotgun, and .38-caliber handgun
Deaths 11 (including the perpetrator)
Perpetrator Michael Kenneth McLendo
The Geneva County massacre, which occurred on March 10, 2009, spanned at least two communities - Geneva and Samson in Geneva County, Alabama, USA - and resulted in the deaths of 10 people (two of whom were children) at the hands of the 28-year-old gunman, Michael Kenneth McLendon. The victims included members of the McLendon family; he also burned down his mother's house in the town of Kinston. When law enforcement reached him, McLendon was shot and killed, though it was initially unclear whether the shot was self-inflicted. Later reports said he committed suicide
Timeline of eventsThe attacks began at McLendon's residence in Kinston, where he killed his mother and set the house on fire. He went to a relative's home in Samson, where he shot several members of his family as well as a neighbor and her daughter. McLendon left the family member's home, killed a pedestrian alongside the road, then stopped at a nearby gas station, killing a customer inside. McLendon left the gas station heading along Highway 52 towards Geneva, and killed another man who was attempting to subdue him. The suspect was also said to have fired at cars on the highway. Law enforcement officers at one point used the PIT maneuver on the suspect's car, which failed to stop him. He committed suicide in a Geneva metal products plant, at which he was said to have previously worked, after engaging in a shootout with police. During the shootout, Geneva police chief Frankie Lindsey was shot in the arm. Several people were also injured
The ages of the victims ranged from 18 months to 74 years old. Among the victims were the wife and child of a deputy sheriff, along with the suspect's own mother, grandmother, uncle, niece and two cousins. According to a local police officer
“ Five were killed in a trailer in Samson. Two more were killed in the Big and Little Store in Samson. The suspect was killed in the Reliable Products warehouse in Geneva by a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He shot at several vehicles on the highway and then he shot at Wal-Mart and Piggly Wiggly in Geneva. ”
The victims were:
•Lisa White McLendon, 52, McLendon's mother, was the first to die. Police confirmed that she was shot to death before her home she shared with her son was set on fire.
•James Alford White, 55, was killed with four others on the front porch of his home at 201 W. Pullum St. He was McLendon's uncle.
•Tracy Michelle Wise, 34, the daughter of Alford White and McLendon's first cousin. She lived at 204 W. Pullum and like her father was a former Samson city employee.
•Dean James Wise, 15, Tracy Wise's son. He was a ninth grade student at Samson High School.
•Andrea D. Myers, 31, who lived across the street from Alford Wise and was visiting. She was the wife of Sheriff's deputy Josh Myers, one of the officers involved in the chase of McLendon.
•Corinne Gracy Myers, 18 months, daughter of Andrea and Josh Myers.
•Ella Myers, 3 months old, the daughter of Andrea Myers was wounded in the shooting and saved by a neighbor, Alina Knowles, who grabbed the blood-covered baby from the porch and hid behind a minivan as McLendon continued shooting. The Myers also had a 4-year-old son who was found hiding in their home afterwards.
•Virginia E. White, 74, McLendon's grandmother, who lived in a mobile home in the yard of her son Alford White. When she heard the shots and came to her front door, McLendon shot her.
•James Irvin Starling, 24, a stranger to McLendon who was in the wrong place at the wrong time, walking down Wise Street in Samson to visit his best friend when he was shot and killed.
•Sonja Lolley Smith, 43, killed as she was walking out of a gas station/convenience store on Main Street in Samson.
•Greg McCullough, 49, who was wounded, but not killed, at the convenience store and tried to help Sonja Smith.
•Bruce Wilson Malloy, 51, who was killed while driving on Hwy. 52 between Samson and Geneva. Another stranger killed by McLendon.
•Jeffrey Lynn Nelson, 50, who happened to be on Main Street when McLendon drove by and wounded him.
•Mike Gillis, an Alabama State Trooper was injured by broken glass when McLendon shot at him while he was pursuing him on Hwy. 52.
•Frankie Lindsey, Geneva Police Chief, who shot in the shoulder in front of the Geneva Wal-Mart as he chased McLendon. He was saved by his bullet-proof vest.
Michael Kenneth McLendon (September 19, 1980 - March 10, 2009) killed 10 people during the shooting spree; he shot other family members and strangers, and shot and killed his mother and burned down her house. The killings, which took place in Coffee and Geneva counties, ended with McLendon's suicide. Detectives discovered a hit list in his home targeting several corporations. A letter was also found in which McLendon admitted to killing his mother and that he planned to commit suicide. The letter also mentioned a dispute over a legal issue with his family.
McLendon and his mother Lisa were both members of the Sellersville Assembly of God church, located just outside of Samson.
In response to a request for assistance from the Geneva County Sheriff's Office and Samson Police, troops from nearby Fort Rucker were deployed to the streets of Samson where they manned traffic stops and guarded a makeshift morgue. An Army investigation later determined this to be in violation of the Posse Comitatus Act, which prohibits federal troops from performing law enforcement actions, and took administrative action against at least one officer.
The burned out interior of the home of suspected gunman Michael McLendon's mother Lisa McLendon
is seen early today in Kinston. McLendon's rampage began Tueday when he burned down his mother's
house, Coffee County Coroner Robert Preachers said. Authorities found Lisa McLendon's body inside,
but they have not determined how she died. AP/Dave Martin
The charred Kinston, Ala. living room where suspected gunman Michael McLendon allegedly killed
his mother Lisa McLendon, is photographed Wednesday, March 11, 2009.
The interior of the home of suspected gunman Michael McLendon's mother Lisa McLendon is seen
early Wednesday, March 11, 2009 in Kinston, Ala. The bloodshed began Tueday when McLendon
burned down his mother's house, Coffee County Coroner Robert Preachers said. Authorities
found Lisa McLendon's body inside, but they have not determined how she died.
A hat showing the character Tony Montana from the movie Scarface hangs from the bedpost in the bedroom
of suspected gunman Michael McLendon at his home in Kinston, Ala., Wednesday, March 11, 2009.
The bedroom of suspected gunman Michael McLendon is pictured at his home
in Kinston, Ala., Wednesday, March 11, 2009.
A gun safe stands open in the bedroom of the Kinston, Ala., home where suspected
gunman Michael McLendon lived.
Police investigate the scene in Samson, Ala., where Michael McLendon shot and killed
four members of his family and five others before turning his gun on himself.
Dothan Police crime technician Joe Thomas (right) compares notes with another law
enforcement official outside the Big Little Store in downtown Samson, Ala.
An unidentified man is reflected in a storefront window that was shot during the shooting spree
in Samson, Ala.
Coffee County Sheriff Dave Sutton stands watch outside a burned out Kinston, Ala., home Wednesday,
March 11, 2009. where a gunman believed to be began Michael McLendon lived with his mother Lisa.