Jackson police look at journal of shooter

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 | 1:24 p.m. CST; updated 9:23 p.m. CST, Wednesday, March 4, 2009

JACKSON — Police in the southeast Missouri town of Jackson have examined the journal kept by the man who allegedly shot two utility workers before fatally shooting himself.

The journal was retrieved from the Perryville apartment of 32-year-old Aaron Hemingway. Police say he drove onto property of an AmerenUE substation on Friday and began firing. Two workers were injured. After a brief manhunt, police found Hemingway in his pickup truck dead from a self-inflicted wound.

Jackson Police Lt. Rodney Barnes says the journal shows Hemingway's anger at the government over taxes and other issues, but gives no clear clue about his motives.

Barnes says Hemingway had no affiliation with Ameren either as a customer or as an employee.


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