A gunman in Alabama fatally shot two women with whom he had business ties Wednesday morning, before being shot and wounded in a confrontation with police, authorities said.
Jimmy Cooper, 57, will be charged with capital murder in the killings of Donny Miller, 67, and Linda Cole, 61, at around 11 a.m. in Hamilton, Marion County District Attorney Jack Bostick said.
"Today has put everyone in shock. Obviously this is not something anyone ever anticipates or expects,” Bostick told reporters.
The victims were shot outside a law office and at an accounting firm, NBC affiliate WVTM reported. Officials wouldn’t be more specific, citing the ongoing investigation.
Cooper had been a business partner of one of those killed and was the client of another, Bostick said, but a motive in the killings is still under investigation.
Two sheriff's deputies and a city police officer caught up with Cooper, armed with a handgun, as he ran down the street and Cooper was shot in the leg and grazed in the arm, officials said. It isn't clear who shot Cooper.
Video captured part of the encounter, Alabama Secretary of Law Enforcement Spencer Collier said.
"He had full intentions of killing law enforcement or putting them in the situation where they had to protect themselves," Collier said.
Cooper was hospitalized for a mental health evaluation last year, after a family member signed a commitment order on him, Marion County Sheriff Kevin Williams said. He did not know the outcome, but said Cooper had been evaluated and released.
Bostick said his inclination is to pursue the death penalty against Cooper, but said no decision has been made and his office would discuss it with the victims' families.
Hamilton is a town of around 6,700 in northwest Alabama, about 15 miles from the Mississippi border.
"This is small town America," Williams said. "We don’t expect that here."