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Police Find Five Dead in Va. Home

June 30, 2000

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Police acting on a telephone tip found five bodies _ at least some of them shot _ scattered throughout a suburban Richmond home.

A handgun was recovered in the home, which was locked when police arrived Thursday, said Don Kappel, Chesterfield County’s director of public affairs. Police Chief Carl Baker said at least some victims had been shot. He declined to identify the victims and gave few details about what police found inside the small brick ranch house.

The tip was called in to the Chesterfield County Emergency Communications Center at 6 p.m., Kappel said.

Kappel said some of the victims knew each other, but he gave no other details. ``The investigation is quite new. It’s quite intensive and ongoing at this time.″

Neighbors said a woman, two men and a boy and a girl had lived in the house for at least three years, mostly keeping to themselves.

``They were not out of the ordinary at all,″ said neighbor Travis Whitlow.

Whitlow said the girl would come by his house periodically selling candy to raise money for various causes, but he knew little else about the people.

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