Man Shoots, Kills Two Black Neighbors for Inspecting Their Own Property

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  • A West Virginia man shot and killed his neighbors when he saw them inspecting what he mistakenly thought was his own land.  Rodney Bruce Black, 62, of Barboursville, West Virginia was charged Saturday with two counts of first degree murder.  The two men who were shot, Garrick Hopkins, 60, and Carl Hopkins Jr., 61, were brothers. Garrick Hopkins decided on that Saturday he wanted to show his brother where he planned to build a new home for his family.  Both men were married with children.

    Black told police that he thought his alleged victims were breaking into a building, indicating that the men were shaking the door on his tool shed in his backyard.  That was when Black immediately grabbed his rifle, loaded it, and shot both men from his home window.

    Police say that the two men were firmly on their own property trying to get into their tool shed. They found none of Black’s belongings inside of the shed.  Police are still investigating the incident.

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