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Shooting investigation continues

May 14, 2003

Albany- . Police and crime scene tape surrounded Georgia Mobile Home Estates. Neighbors stood by, shocked by what happened just feet from their homes.

"I was there from day one when they moved there. When they moved in, they were the type of people that stayed to themselves all the time. So, I never knew nothing like that was going to go on over there," says Tammy Davis.

Around one o'clock Tuesday afternoon police responded to a shooting.

"There was an altercation. The brother shot one of the sisters," explains Lt. Kenn Williams.

Police say 18 year old William Spence shot his sister, Jennifer Spence, in the abdomen. After that, he took his 11 and 6 year old sisters hostage. That's when police negotiation teams were went to work.

"They did talk to the suspect. The suspect did let the two remaining siblings come out unharmed. Then they also talked the suspect into coming out, setting down his weapon, and now he's in custody," adds Lt. Williams.

Neighbors say Spence hit his sister with a golf club before he shot her and claim they may have been arguing over chores. But police say until their investigation is complete they won't know what caused a brother's rage against his own family.

Jennifer Spence is still in the hospital right now her condition is unknown. William Spence is being charged with aggravated assault, reckless conduct, and two counts of cruelty to children. More charges are pending.

Posted at 11:15 PM by elaine.armstrong@walb.com