Gunman kills 8 in Copley, Ohio
Members of the Copley, Ohio community hold a candlelight vigil at Copley Community Park in honor of seven neighbors who were killed August 7, 2011. Reuters

The man who murdered seven people in a shooting rampage in Copley, Ohio, has been identified by police as 51-year-old Michael Hance.

Police said Hance shot his girlfriend first inside a home on Sunday in Copley, a small quiet town about 40 miles kilometers south of Cleveland. Copley Township has about 14,000 people. He then went next door where he shot her brother and four neighbors. After that, Hance chased two people through several yards and shot one of them before entering a house to shoot the final victim.

Hance was shot after he left the house and exchanged fire with police. When police got to the scene, they saw the gunman running and pursued him, after which the suspect "engaged the officers in gunfire and the suspect has been killed as well," Copley Police Chief Michael Mier told the media.