Eight people including two boys have been confirmed dead in a shooting rampage in Mississipi. The incident occurred when a man who got into an argument with his estranged wife went on a housetohouse shooting rampage.
The cause of the attack that left the eight people dead was over their children.
The man – Willie Corey Godbolt began the killing of the eight people in a shooting spree in rural Mississippi which claimed the lives of his mother-in-law and a sheriff’s deputy.
When he was finally apprehended and kept in cuffs and in custody, he said
“I ain’t fit to live, not after what I done.“
Gunfire disrupted the quiet Saturday night in Bogue Chitto and the deputy arrived in response to a domestic disturbance call. The killing then spread to two houses in Brookhaven, about 70 miles (110 kilometers) south of Jackson.
Godbolt – 35 received a gunshot wound although it wasn’t clear who shot him and he is in hospital recuperating.
Spokesman for Mississippi Bureau of Investigation – Warren Strain said no immediate charges were filed, and that the motive behind the killing cannot be determined as yet. They also didn’t give any details regarding the relationship between the aggressor and and the eight victims.
According to a witness and testimony by Mr. Godbolt himself as he sat with his hands cuffed behind his back on the side of a road, the runup to the incident was a domestic incident gone awry.
He was in a meeting with his estranged wife and the in-laws when a call was made to the authorities by an unknown person.
He continued that:
“I was having a conversation with her stepdaddy and her mama and her, my wife, about me taking my children home,” he said. “Somebody called the officer, people that didn’t even live at the house. That’s what they do. They intervene.”
“They cost him his life,” he said, apparently referring to the deputy. “I’m sorry.”
Vincent Mitchell, the stepfather-in-law of the accused had told The Associated Press that Godbolt’s wife and two children had been staying at his Bogue Chitto home for about three weeks after she left her husband.
“As the sheriff’s deputy arrived at the home, the accused seemed to be leaving the apartment then suddenly turned, reached into his back pocket and opened fire.”
According to Mitchell, Goldbolt’s attack claimed the lives of three family members in his home: his own wife, her sister and one of the wife’s daughters, before he made good his escape with his estranged wife.
“I’m devastated. It don’t seem like it’s real.”
After making good his escape from his in-laws’ house, Godbolt killed four more people at two other homes. Between the first shootings and arrest near the third and final crime scene, at least seven hours had elapsed.
Godbolt said he did not intend for the police to capture him alive.
He stated without mincing words:
“My intentions was to have God kill me. I ran out of bullets. Suicide by cop was my intention.”
The slain deputy was identified as William Durr, 36.
Why would a man vent his spleen on innocents? The death of the eight people is one tragedy too many.