Monday, July 6, 2009


41-year-old Patrick Tracy Burris, described as unpredictable, scary, weird. Died in shootout with police in Gastonia, North Carolina.

Police sketch of alleged serial killer of five people in Gaffney, South Carolina. Now identified as Patrick Tracy Burris, 41, has been slain by police in Gastonia, North Carolina.

SC cops ID serial killer suspect slain in NC
By MITCH WEISS / July 7, 2009

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — Law enforcement officials have identified the man they think is the serial killer who shot five people to death in South Carolina in recent days.

Authorities identified the suspect Monday night as 41-year-old Patrick Tracy Burris. They say bullets in the gun found on Burris after he was killed by police in Gastonia, N.C., matched those used to kill residents in and around Gaffney some 30 miles away.

Authorities did not immediately say where Burris was from.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — A man suspected of killing five people and terrorizing a South Carolina community was shot to death Monday by police investigating a burglary complaint at a home 30 miles away.

Ballistics tests on a gun and bullets found with the man in Gastonia, N.C., match those used in a weeklong killing spree in and around Gaffney, said State Law Enforcement Deputy Director Neil Dolan.

"We have him. He's our serial killer," Dolan said Monday night.

Authorities did not release the man's name, but said he has had several encounters with law enforcement over the years.

Dolan said the physical evidence leaves no doubt the slain suspect was the person who shot five people to death over six days. But investigators still have no idea why he started the killing spree June 27.

"He was unpredictable. He was scary. He was weird," Dolan said.


FairestWitness said...

Judas Priest, Chomp, have you seen this killer's rap sheet?? It's 25 pages long for crying out loud. This animal was released from prison 2 months ago. I do not understand why this country's prison system allows for the release of violent criminals. Five innocent, productive citizens are dead because of it.

CHOMP said...

It seems like it doesn't matter what is on the rap sheet. Some people should never be out of jail..never..and this was one of them!