Four dead in McComb shooting incident

Published 5:00 am Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Four people are dead, including the gunman, after a Wednesdaydomestic dispute that began in a McComb bank, Pike County officialssaid.

Pike County Coroner Percy Pittman identified the dead as RachelJ. Lanham, bank employee Ronnie Larrimore, customer James FrederickFayard and gunman Robert Lanham, all of McComb.

McComb Police Chief Billie Hughes told the Associated Press thatRobert Lanham walked into the Regions Bank on Main Street, wherehis ex-wife Rachel Lanham worked, shortly after 11 a.m. Officialssaid Lanham fatally shot Larrimore and Fayard before taking RachelLanham hostage.

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Pittman said Robert Lanham died of a self-inflicted gunshotwound to the head that he sustained while driving.

Although early reports indicated Rachel Lanham was harmed anddumped out of the vehicle on the side of Highway 51, Pittman saidshe appears to have died from the impact of the vehicle’s collisionwith a tree. He said the car door was open, and that she may haveactually been trying to escape the vehicle at the time of thecollision.

“The car hit that cedar tree and she looked like she wasejected,” Pittman said.