Family members: Campbell man acted strange before shootings

Monday, July 22, 2013

CAMPBELL — In the days leading up to Saturday’s shooting in a Seventh Street home, family members noticed that the suspected gunman, Devin Spann, was acting strangely — saying things like he’d poisoned their food with bleach.

Police said the investigation continues today, but that a handwritten threatening note found in Spann’s bedroom suggests he may have acted to “enact revenge for whatever he was wronged for,” said Sgt. Drew Rauzan, interim police chief.

Spann “clearly defined some aggravation against his family and articulates his motivation for getting back at them,” said Rauzan, referring to the note’s contents, which state that he intended to kill everyone inside the residence.

About 1 p.m. Saturday, police were called to 47 Seventh St., where Spann is accused of opening fire on four family members, then shooting himself in the chest and fleeing the house.

An officer on the way arrested Spann, who was walking on Warhurst Road, after one of the victims provided identifying information, Rauzan said.

Three women — Roland Avis, 62; Mary Lynette Spann, 43; and Carmen Figueroa, 24 — each had a single gunshot wound to the upper torso, causing serious injuries. They were taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center.

Gerald Robinson, 29, had been shot in the left forearm, and was treated at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center.

Three girls — ages 3, 6 and 8 — were in the home as well, not injured. Police found them in a second-floor bedroom, standing and crying over two of the victims.

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