A man facing eviction over his hostile temper became enraged by how his wife cooked his eggs and killed her, his stepdaughter and three neighbors with a shotgun before shooting himself on Saturday.
Trooper Jody Sims of the Kentucky State Police said 47-year-old Stanley Neace killed the five people in two mobile homes in rural eastern Kentucky around 11:30am, then went to his home and turned the gun on himself.
Neighbors in the roadside mobile home park said Neace stormed across the lawns of about seven homes in his pajamas and fired dozens of shots from a 12-gauge pump shotgun.
Sims said that when state police arrived about an hour after the gunfire began, they heard a single gunshot and found Neace’s body on the porch in the unincorporated community of Mount Carmel in Breathitt County. The county is home to about 16,000 people.
Sherri Anne Robinson, a relative of two of the victims, said witnesses to the shootings told her that Neace became enraged when his wife did not cook his breakfast to his liking.
Robinson said that when his wife fled to a neighbor’s trailer, Neace followed and shot her and the others. Robinson says he allowed a young girl to flee.
“He just got mad at his wife for not making his breakfast right and he shot her,” Robinson said. “She tried to run to tell my family and he shot them too because they found out about it.”
The victims were identified as the gunman’s wife, Sandra Neace, 54; her daughter Sandra Strong, 28; and neighbors Dennis Turner, 31; Teresa Fugate, 30; and Tammy Kilborn, 40.
The names of the victims were provided by Kentucky State Police.
Robinson says Neace had never appeared threatening to her, but that he was known to have a violent history.
Authorities started receiving calls from concerned neighbors around 11:30am in the roadside mobile home park outside Jackson, southeast of Lexington. Sims said when they arrived about an hour later, they heard a single gunshot, then found Neace’s body on his porch. They found victims in two other trailers.
Landlord Ray Rastegar said he had begun the process of evicting Neace, who had lived in the trailer park for about seven years, because he had become increasingly hostile toward neighbors in recent months.
Neighbor Steve Smith said Neace ended up mumbling to himself on the porch of his trailer, pointed the shotgun at his head and pulled the trigger.
“He’s been trouble ever since he’s been here,” Smith said. “He’s always been trouble.”
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