Three killed in convenience store shooting

May 30, 2008 1:47:01 PM PDT
A man shot and killed an elected official and a county employee at an eastern Kentucky convenience store Friday, then turned the gun on himself, a county official said. The man shot Magistrate Jimmy Darrell Neace and county road department employee Lewallen Caudill, Perry County Judge-Executive Denny Ray Noble said.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Tony Watts said the shooting happened around 11:30 a.m. Friday at Ben's Quick Stop in Hazard, a rural town more than 100 miles southeast of Lexington.

Noble said Neace, whose duties were like that of a city council member but on the county level, was active in the community and was in his second term.

His brother, Don Neace, told the Lexington Herald Leader that he can't understand why anyone would want to kill him.

"It just doesn't make sense," Don Neace said.

A woman who answered the phone at the convenience store would not discuss the shooting.

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