Gunman expresses remorse in suicide note for killing 4

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) -- A man who shot and killed four people in Bristol, then killed himself over the break-up with his girlfriend, expressed remorse in a suicide note and apologized for his actions.

Police Thursday released the one-page note written by 26-year-old Rusty L. Rumley of Watauga. On Wednesday, he opened fire in the 10-story Edgemont Towers, a public housing high-rise, where she and her family lived.

Police also released a 15-page letter Rumley wrote prior to the shootings.

In the letter, Rumley describes his love for his girlfriend, calling her the girl of his dreams.

She was not hurt.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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