Va. Resort Employee Sought in Supervisor Killings

HOT SPRINGS, Va. (AP) - Authorities in Virginia were searching Sunday for a resort employee suspected of shooting and killing two
of his supervisors at the hotel.

Two kitchen workers were shot and killed around 8 p.m. Saturday at The Homestead resort in the mountains near the West Virginia state line, Bath County Sheriff Larry Norfleet said. No one else was injured, and the hotel said no guests were present at the scene of the shooting.

Suspect Beacher Ferrel Hackney fled the scene after the shootings, and authorities were using tracking dogs and a helicopter to hunt for him, the sheriff's office said.

Norfleet described Hackney as a trash collector at the resort who reported to victims Ronnie Stinnett and Dwight Kerr. Stinnett and Kerr were each shot with a semiautomatic handgun in the hotel's kitchen.

No further information was available on a possible motive.

The 483-room resort about 50 miles north of Roanoke was 70 percent full Saturday night, spokeswoman Carol Stratford said in an e-mail. It traces its roots to 1766 when a wooden lodge was built at the site, and the main hotel building was completed in 1901.

Stratford declined to say whether Hackney had any discipline problems or release further personal information on him or the victims. She wasn't aware of any other violent crimes at the hotel.

"We are devastated by the events that have taken place and our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those involved," said a statement by the hotel.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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