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Friday, July 30, 1999 Published at 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK

World: Americas

Picture gallery: Death in Atlanta

In a single afternoon, Mark Barton shot dead nine people in two Atlanta office buildings before shooting himself, when he was stopped by police at a petrol station. He had already killed his second wife and two children.

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Mark Barton walked into these buildings in Atlanta's financial district and started shooting. As well as those killed, at least a dozen were injured.

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With the gunman still at large, police evacuated the buildings.

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Police cordoned off the area in an attempt to capture Barton.

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Police officers at the scene were as much in shock as the general public.

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Barton was followed by police and asked to pull over at a petrol station, where he shot himself in his van before police could arrest him.

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The bodies of Barton's second wife and two children were found at his home.

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