West Virginia Man Kills New Neighbor Without Warning, Thinking It’s His Property: Cops

Garrick and Carl Hopkins were checking out property Garrick Hopkins had recently purchased when they were shot Saturday.

Source: Joel Landau / New York Daily News

A West Virginia man shot and killed his new neighbor and the man’s brother without warning as the two inspected their land.

The shooter told police he thought his alleged victims were breaking into a building he mistakenly thought he owned, and police are baffled as to why he chose such a drastic measure to preserve something of no value to him.

The Cabell County Sheriff’s Department charged Rodney Bruce Black, 62, of Barboursville, with two counts of first degree murder after he killed Garrick Hopkins, 60, of Milton and his brother, Carl Hopkins Jr., 61, of Oak Hill, at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sherriff Tom McComas told the Daily News on Monday.

The two victims are black and the shooter is white but McComas said there is no indication race was a factor in the the suspect’s motive.

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  • Will they call for the death penalty?


  • Will they call for the death penalty?


  • Nichole

    BULLSH%$T there is no indication race was a factor. People are still going around shooting people as if there is no penalty. So glad “some” of the laws have changed and there are now consequences for ignorant and selfish actions. Guilty… Death penalty!!

  • Sandra A Key

    oh yeah right..you get so tired of hearing the excuses, white folks got so many excuses it’s sickening…I didn’t know…yet you claim to know it all until you get caught.

  • dwight

    Why the fk every time a white person kills a black its not racially motivated yes it is , how many white shoot and kill there own kind for looking at property . Racism should be a law (life in prison or death) this bull .