UPDATE: Appomattox shooting suspect surrenders

From staff, AP reports

APPOMATTOX, VA -- The gunman wanted in a deadly shooting spree in central Virginia is now in police custody. Christopher Bryan Speight, 39, turned himself in without incident.

Police say the lone shooter killed eight people in Appomattox, with seven bodies found at one home. Another person was found on a roadway near the home.

Speight was acquainted with the victims and he had lived at the residence where the murders took place. He co-owns the residence, as well as owns land adjacent to the residence.

State police officers had Speight circled in the woods late Tuesday near the home. He kept himself concealed overnight and was apprehended without incident at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday morning. He was unarmed and was wearing a bullet-proof vest when he was captured.

Police said Speight did not have a military background.

Crime scene technicians are processing the scene in the 3000 block of Snapps Mill Road/Route 703, as well as the wooded area within the secured perimeter. Bomb technicians and explosives-detection canines are also on scene to detect and render safe any potential incendiary devices. Based on information gleaned during the course of the investigation, there is a probability of explosive devices being found outside and inside the residence.

The Office of the State Medical Examiner dispatched its mass casualty team out of Roanoke to assist with victim recovery and identification, examination and cause of death. Once identifications of the victims are confirmed, their next of kin will be notified.

Speight's motives remain under investigation. Charges are pending. The Appomattox Sheriff's Office has consulted with the Office of the Appomattox County Commonwealth's Attorney. Law enforcement officials said they received more than 50 tips to Speight's activities.

During the land and air pursuit Tuesday, a state helicopter was shot four times by the suspect and had to make an emergency landing.

The first person was found shot in the road nearby where the other seven bodies were found dead, according to police reports. Four victims were found outside the home, and three inside.

Police say all the victims in the Appomattox shootings were adults. State police Sgt. Thomas Molnar says both men and women were killed.

Police have not yet confirmed their identities or if they have any relation to Speight. Police refused to speculate on a motive.

Appomattox County Public Schools are closed today as a precaution.

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