UPDATE: Three dead, four injured in Louisa County

Charles P. "Zeke" Steadman Sponaugle
Charles P. "Zeke" Steadman Sponaugle

LOUISA, VA (WWBT) - State police have released more details in a press conference about a mass shooting in Louisa County, including the name of the alleged shooter and victims.

According to state police, around 2 p.m. Sunday, police received a 911 call from a home on Twigg Drive concerning a dispute among family members.

Apparently, the argument escalated as the afternoon progressed and around 4:45 p.m., police were called again to the home on reports of shots fired.

When deputies arrived at the house, they were confronted by the shooter. The suspect died after exchanging gunfire with them.

Three were killed at the scene, including the shooter. Four more were injured.

Police allege that Charles P. "Zeke" Sponaugle Jr., 52, killed his son, Charles P. Steadman, 29; and nephew, Mark A. Cooper Jr., 23, in the shootings. They allege he also shot his sister, Kitty Cooper, 41; her husband, Mark A. Cooper Sr., 45; and two nephews, Jerrel Steadman, 26; and Jason Steadman, 27.

Shooting victims Mark and Kittty Cooper were released from UVA Medical Center Sunday night.

Gerald Steadman was held overnight for observations and Jason Steadman is still in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

No deputies were injured. State police say dog was killed during the incident when the shooter turned it loose on the deputies.

Police suspect the motive has to do with an on-going dispute over property.

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