90s murder at Moose Lodge
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#1 Apr 13, 2013
I worked with a guy named Rennie and he disappeared after running off with a women who was married to a friend of his.
he called me the day that he died and said he was avoiding his friend who had threatened him.
i was woke up later that night by a phone call from his sister
who told me he had been shot.
as the story goes. he and the woman took the womans daughter to meet the father at a local Moose lodge in a rural area.
when they pulled up in their care, the father shot all three of them and then turned his gun on himself.
i think the daughter survived. she was about 8 at the time.
i regret missing the funeral. i was torn up since Rennie and I had been friends for about a year at that time.
i was having problems at the job we worked at and the intensity of both situations had me stressed to the point of not going which i regret.
i wish i knew his last name and i wish to know his sisters name. i would like to make contact with her.
if you could shed some light on this in any way i would appreciate it.
Rennie was a great guy. i think he developed a relationship with this woman after she was planning on leaving his friend who was abusive. at least that what he told me before he died.
and what of the little girl? is she still alive?
i would like to know.
#2 Apr 13, 2013
BUCHANAN "Daddy, I love you," it said. "I'm going to kill them all."
A few minutes later, his wife, Shelby Petty, 38, and her boyfriend lay dead. Alesia Petty was en route to the hospital after being critically injured with a shot through the abdomen.
Sammy Petty, 48, then drove home, pulled a pistol and shot himself in the head as he sat in his driveway.
Alesia was in Roanoke Memorial Hospital, which would not release her condition at her family's request. However, she is expected to live. She smiled at a relative who visited her Monday, said her uncle, Danny Petty.
Shelby Petty's boyfriend was identified by the Botetourt County Sheriff's Office as Harold R. "Rennie" Houck, 38, of Stayman Road in Botetourt County.
Monday, friends and relatives of the Pettys were trying to figure what had gone wrong.
"We're sticking together," said Danny Petty, Sammy's brother. "We need a lot of prayers right now."
Sammy Petty had been acting depressed ever since his wife left home about six weeks ago. In the past two weeks, he'd taken to drinking whiskey to "calm his nerves so he could sleep," Danny Petty said.
A preliminary test put Sammy Petty's blood-alcohol level at nearly 1 1/2 times the legal limit for intoxication.
When Shelby Petty brought her boyfriend to the Petty home two weeks ago, her husband told relatives "he should have done something."
Prior to that, said Danny Petty, his brother was under the impression that his wife had left to seek treatment for emotional problems.
"She told him that she had checked into a psychiatric center," Petty said. "She said Alesia could come to see her there." Alesia had stayed with her father.
It was not the first time that Shelby Petty had left home.
"Sammy actually seemed more upset the first time," Danny Petty said.
Sunday evening just before 8, Sammy Petty's father woke him and told him that it was time to go pick up his daughter. The couple had arranged to meet outside the Buchanan Moose Lodge, where Sammy often socialized with friends.
Mike Harris and another man were inside the lodge when they heard something pop outside. At first, Harris thought something had hit the roof or that a car could have crashed on nearby Interstate 81.
When he heard a second pop, he looked outside and saw Alesia scrambling from the front seat of a car and screaming as she walked toward the back of the automobile.
"Daddy, don't shoot!" Harris recalled the girl saying before he saw Sammy Petty taking aim on the car with an over-and-under shotgun he'd used for turkey hunting.
As Harris called police, the other man looked outside and saw Alesia get shot.
Danny Petty said that makes the least sense of all because Sammy Petty had been close to his daughter.
"Everywhere he went, he took her with him," Danny Petty said. "He took her fishing."
In searching for answers, Petty talked about how his brother struggled with his failed marriage, a protracted court fight to gain disability benefits from Norfolk Southern and his Vietnam experience.
He told how his brother, fresh from war more than 20 years ago, would react to thunderstorms by telling everyone, "Get down. They're shooting at us."
The shooting returned to this quiet rural community on Sunday, as Sammy Petty calmly took his guns and blew the life from himself and two others.
#3 Apr 13, 2013
does anyone know if alesia survived?
#4 Mar 27, 2014
yes alesia is alive and doin well. she was transfered to my middle school in lexington when we wer about 12 or so. we wer gud friends years ago and stil speak on occasion. she never spoke to me about the incident or injuries she sustained. she has a daughter now and is on FB.
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